Venetian Noontide. 1912. Etching. Bruette 187. 9 11/16 x 11 5/8 (sheet 10 1/2 x 12 1/2). A rich impression with tonal wiping, printed on white laid paper. Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 6 (1916): 115. Signed in pencil. $675.
Cleveland Palmer writes of this etching in the Print Collector's Quarterly, page 115, "Where Whistler sought, with the utmost delicacy of line and the subtlest skill in printing, to evoke veritable magic spells by virtually 'painting' his pictures on the plate, Mr. MacLaughlan has proceeded to bite his lines with an ever-increasing breadth and boldness -- joyousness even. The result is a range of effects wholly different from Whistler's, yet nonetheless characteristic of their common subject -- effects mainly of dazzling sunlight on warm gray stone and rippling water, distilling that lyric intoxication which is of the very soul and atmosphere of Venice, and which he has captured most completely in such plates as Venetian Noontide and the Songs from Venice."
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