October 9, 2011

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 137: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Lot 137: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Early Morning

1878
Lithograph
Butterfly signature lower left; title and label verso: "Early Proof from the Macomber Collection".
Image: 6.5" x 10"; Frame: 11.25" x 14.75"
As described by Levy, "The first state, of which about 12 copies were printed, was reworked in two further states. In these the artist scraped away the unnecessary darks. Only two or three proofs of these states were pulled. When the stone was finally completed a number of copies were taken, some of which were exhibited at the Fine Art Society's Gallery in 1895. Eventually, as more prints were taken, the old work began to re-appear. The drawing was again scraped. About 50 copies were finally pulled. Early Morning was intended for, but never published by Piccadilly.
Literature: Levy, Whistler Lithographs, London: Jupiter Books, 1975. #17
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $1,715
Inventory Id: 2070

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