The Wine Glass - JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 38 (ii/II); Kennedy 27 (ii/II); Glasgow states forty impressions were taken from the plate. 3 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. Signed in the plate lower left. This is a superb impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are apparently full and the sheet measures 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. The condition is fine. This stellar and unique etching is Whistler's only still life. This plate was etched in London at the home of Seymour Haden. Whistler certainly had a chance to view Haden's collection of Rembrandt etchings and it's possible that Rembrandt's "The Shell," was an inspiration for this print. (See Katharine Lochnan, "The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler," (1984), pg. 59.) "The Wine Glass" has always been a highly sought after print and the great collectors of Whistler etchings owned it. Among them are Charles Lang Freer, Philippe Burty, Joshua Hutchinson, Howard Mansfield, Harris G. Whittemore, Lessing J. Rosenwald and Peter Lunder, among others.
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