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Old Putney Bridge

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903, American)

Etching in brown ink on laid paper, printed with plate tone

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Old Putney Bridge

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Old Putney Bridge


Date: 1879
Medium: Etching in brown ink on laid paper, printed with plate tone              
Plate: 201 x 295 mm. 8 x 11 5/8 in. Sheet: 202 x 296 mm. 8 x 11 5/8 in.
Reference: Kennedy 178, third state of four; Glasgow 185, state indeterminate, probably final – seven of seven, although with certain characteristics of the earliest states, e.g., the curved slipped stroke over the head of the man in the boat
Signature: Signed with the butterfly and “imp” on the tab, bottom left
Provenance: Knoedler number verso, usually indicating a print sold directly by Whistler to the dealer; Apparent collector’s abbreviation verso in pencil, “J. Aro."; Private collection, U.S.A.; c. 1972 to David Tunick, Inc.; 2008 to Private collection, New York
Impression: Fine
Condition: Very good, a soft diagonal crease in bottom right quadrant, trimmed by Whistler nearly to the subject, thread margins all around