James McNeill Whistler

The Mast , 1879-80

Etching and Drypoint

335 x 164 mm

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Etching and Drypoint
Kennedy n. 195 VI /VI; Glasgow 219
335 x 164 mm
Series: First Venice Set

A very fine atmospheric impression of this rare image, printed in black ink with the surface tone on 19th century Iaid paper with Strasburg Lily watermark. Signed with the butterfly in the image  and annotated ‘imp’ on the tab in pencil by Whistler.

Whistler printed the etchings himself, as indicate by the addition imp.

In pristine condition.

From the Series Venice Whistler Twelve Etching  published in 1880 by The Fine Art Society in London.

This charming view in described by Glasgow in: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2012,  ‘A view looking west up the Calle Larga dello Stendardo, dominated by a mast topped by the Lion of St Mark, in the San Marta area in the city of Venice, Italy. The end of the calle opened onto the Fondamenta de l'Arzere on the lagoon, and there, in front of the trees, was a smaller column, also bearing a Lion. The calle was demolished shortly afterwards, during the redevelopment of the whole area, and the column and mast were moved to the Campo San Nicolo dei Mendicoli. Whistler etched a much smaller mast in The Little Mast’.

The artist returned in London with paintings, pastels and more than forty etchings. From these prints, The Society chose twelve etchings that were published as a set in the same year.

In this early Venice etching the influence of the Japanese print is very evident