JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER (American, 1834-1903)
    Upright Venice (From The Second Venice Set), 1879-1880
    Etching on paper
    10 x 7 inches (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
    Ed. IV/VIII
    Bears butterfly insignia and the inscription imp. in pencil on the tab
    Bears notation verso: W.172. / Upright Venice

    The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art, Sears, circa 1960s;
    Private collection, Poulsbo, Washington.

    E. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910, p. 205.
    M. MacDonald, G. Petri, M. Hausberg, and J. Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, A Catalogue Raisonné, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2012, online website at, G.232.

    We wish to thank Professor Margaret MacDonald for her gracious assistance in cataloguing this lot. In her opinion, "the butterfly signature in graphite pencil on the tab is not by Whistler: it is probably by one of his assistants, possibly Mortimer Menpes or Walter Sickert, who helped Whistler to print the Venice etchings."

    Condition Report*:

    Etching printed in dark brownish black on cream laid paper (watermark showing heraldic lions flanking a shield).  A crisp impression with warm plate tone and delicate wiping marks.  Trimmed to the plate mark, as issued.  Kennedy's second state (of 4) and MacDonald's fourth state (of 8).  Paper affixed to the backing board with tape along the top edge verso.  A slight crease and pinhole-size notch along the upper edge, right corner.

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