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Longshore Men -  WHISTLER

Longshore Men
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 52 (iii/IV); Kennedy 45 (i/I), edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, crisp impression printed without much plate tone. The paper is Japanese and the margins are probably full and untrimmed. Very good condition apart from a couple of ink smudges in the margin and two other tiny spots of discoloration. In this, the third state, the verticle lines through the hat of man in the back with the pipe have yet to be removed. This successful print was never part of a published set, i.e. the Thames Set, even though it fits nicely within that theme.
$2,500

Limehouse -  WHISTLER

Limehouse
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 48 (vi/VI), Kennedy 40 (iii/III), edition unknown. 5 x 8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, dark impression of the final state, before cancellation. The paper is a cream-colored fibrous, thin Japanese. The condition is very good apart from slight lightening of the paper within an earlier mat opening. This print was published as part of Whistler's celebrated Thames Set in 1871. The plate was cancelled around 1894-95.
$4,000

Fumette -  WHISTLER

Fumette
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 12 (v/V), Kennedy 13 (iv/IV); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. Signed in the plate lower right. This is a fine impression printed on off-white laid paper. The margins are wide and the condition is quite good other than for a very faint suggestion of toning from an early mat opening. "Fumette," ("Eloise"); a working girl, a young seamstress or milliner, described in the Glasgow catalogue as a "grisette." She was also known to be a woman of vivid and fiery character.
SOLD

Eagle Wharf -  WHISTLER

Eagle Wharf
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 50 (i/I), Kennedy 41 (i/I); edition unknown. 5 7/16 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, dark impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is fine apart from a few tiny, incidental losses here and there at the sheet edges. This stellar print was published as part of the Thames Set. Eagle Wharf was in Wapping on the River Thames in London.
$5,500

San Giorgio -  WHISTLER

San Giorgio
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching and drypoint, 1879-80, Glasgow 214 (iv/V), Kennedy 201( iii/IV); 38 impressions recorded in the Glasgow catalogue. 8 1/16 x 11 7/8 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression before the butterfly in the plate and without a pencil signature. Trimmed along the platemark. The condition is very good. The paper bears a small fleur de lis watermark. This charming print was published as part of the Second Venice Set.
$5,500

The Music Room -  WHISTLER

The Music Room
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 39 (iv/IV), Kennedy 33 (ii/II); edition at least 54. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression, selectively inked, and printed on a fine laid paper with a difficult to read watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is generally fine apart from a faint suggestion of a circular stain (?) in the right margin, well away from the image. On the left is Seymour Haden. James Reeves Traer is in the middle and Deborah Haden is at right. The Glasgow online catalogue of Whistler's etchings cites 54 known impressions of this work. Provenance: Wunderlich & Co., New York.
SOLD

January -  WOOD

January
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1938, Johnson 3, Cole 3; edition 250. 9 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This memorable winter image was done in Iowa and there's at least one related drawing and oil painting. (The painting is located in the Cleveland Museum of Art.) This is one of six Grant Wood prints reproduced in Thomas Craven's 1939 book, A Treasury of American Prints.
SOLD

Boy Lighting a Pipe -  WOOD

Boy Lighting a Pipe
THOMAS WATERMAN WOOD
American, (1823-1903)
Etching, 1888, edition unknown. 17 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. Signed in the plate and signed in pencil, lower right. This work was published by J. D. Waring, New York and by the Society of American Etchers (with their blindstamp). This is a fine, luminous impression on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and the condition is fine. There is an etched remarque below the image of the same boy not feeling well from having smoked the pipe. This is a typical, late 19th century genre image by Wood and it probably relates to a painting.
SOLD

December Afternoon -  WOOD

December Afternoon
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1941, Johnson 18, Cole 16; edition 250. 9 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. the condition is excellent with two small hinges from the original AAA matting. We also have the label that came with the print as issued.
$5,500

July Fifteenth -  WOOD

July Fifteenth
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1938, Johnson 6, Cole 3; edition 250. 9 x 12 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on wove paper bearing the watermark "G.C.M." The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from slight thinning in the upper corners, verso, from earlier hinges. The edition was printed by George Miller.
SOLD

Tree Planting Group -  WOOD

Tree Planting Group
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1937, Johnson 1, Cole 1; edition 250. 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in excellent condition. The margins are full and untrimmed. This exemplary American print from the 1930s depicts an Arbor Day celebration at a rural Iowa schoolhouse. Grant Wood's great skills as a draughtsman are here readily apparent.
SOLD

March -  WOOD

March
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1941, Johnson 17, Cole 14, edition 250. 9 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are somewhat trimmed measuring one inch on all sides. At least two preparatory drawings exist for this print and the edition was printed by George Miller and published by AAA in New York. The great design for this print gives it a strikingly modernist look. "March" expouses Wood's compositional practice of dynamic symmetry. (See Johnson, pg. 129-130)
$9,000

Provincetown Houses -  ZORACH

Provincetown Houses
WILLIAM ZORACH
American, (1887-1966)
Linoleum cut on thin japan paper, circa 1916, very small edition. 5 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Wide if not full margins. Zorach studied in Paris in 1910-11 and later spent several summers in Provincetown, MA. There he produced a small number of powerful, modernist blockprints and the editions printed were quite small.
$4,000

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