Valentine's Day: A Lighthearted Look at Love and Marriage.

“Arise from sleep, old cat,
And with great yawns and stretchings...
Amble out for love.” Kobayashi Issa, Japanese Haiku

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” Alfred lORD Tennyson

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Classical and Modern Lovers.

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Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914) after Gustave Moreau (1826-1898).

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"La Discord." (The Goddess, Discord). 1886. Etching. Béraldi 799. Published state. Image: 10 1/4 x 8 1/4; plate: 13 1/8 x 10 1/2). Illustrations for the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine. Printed on the full sheet of imperial japon paper. Issued by Boussod, Valadon & Co., the year in which Moreau's watercolors of these subjects were exhibited. Signed in pencil. $975.

Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E. 1857-1945.

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Diana and Endymion (after the painting by George Frederic Watts, R.A., H.R.C.A. 1817 - 1904). 1891. Mezzotint. Hardie 60. 17 3/4 x 22 (sheet 21 3/4 x 25). Edition 300. A rich, tonal proof printed on Japan paper. Exhibited in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, where it was awarded a gold medal.Signed in pencil by Watts and by Short. $2,750.

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Orpheus and Eurydice (after George Frederic Watts, R.A., H.R.C.A. 1817 - 1904). 1889. Mezzotint. Hardie 54.12 5/8 x 19 1/2 (sheet 17 1/8 x 23 3/ 8). Edition 300. A rich proof printed on Japon paper. Exhibited in 1889 at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, where it was awarded a gold medal. Signed in pencil by Watts, Short, and by the printer, Frederick Goulding. $1,750.

Anders Zorn. 1960-1920.

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The Waltz. 1891. Etching. Hjert and Hjert 178.iii. Edition 40 in this state (proofs in the first two states are "very rare"). 13 5/8 x 8 13/16 (sheet 16 1/2 x 12 3/8). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 1 (1911): 613; Salaman, Modern Masters of Etching, Zigrosser, Six Centuries of Fine Prints. A rich impression printed on heavy cream-colored laid paper. Signed, inscribed and dated 1903 in pencil. $12,500.

Heinrich Vogeler. German. 1867-1945.

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Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty.) 1897. Etching with drypoint and aquatint. Reif 20.IIc(of e). 10 5/8 x 9 3/4 (sheet 19 X 12 3/4). Slight scattered foxing in the margins, away from the image. A rich, tonal impression printed on sturdy wove paper. Proof aside from the published edition issued in Aus Worpswede. Signed and titled in pencil. $1,250.

Louis Auguste Mathieu Legrand. 1863-1951.

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Sportsmen. 1908. Etching and drypoint. Exsteens 271.i/ii. 11 x 5 5/8 (sheet 17 3/8 x 12 1/4). Series: Les Bars. From the first state edition of 30 proofs with the remarque sketch at the foot of the image (total edition 95). Printed on laid paper watermarked "Pellet et Legrand" on the full sheet with deckle edges. With the red Pellet stamp, lower right. Signed in pencil. $1,500.

John Sloan, N.A. 1871-1951

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Love on the Roof. 1914. Etching. Morse 167.ii. 5 7/8 x 4 1/4 (sheet 10 1/2 x 6 1/4). Edition 100. A rich impression printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. $3,750.

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The Little Bride. 1916. Etching. Morse 138. 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 (sheet 9 3/8 x 12). Series: New York City Life. Printed on cream wove paper with deckle edges on two sides. Exhibited: Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915. Illustrated: Charles Wisner Barrell, 'The Real Drama of the Slums as told in John Sloan's Etchingss' The Craftsman vol. 15, p. 560. Signed and annotated "Ernest Roth Imp' by the printer. Signed, titled and annotated '100 proofs' in pencil by Sloan. $2,000.

George Wesley Bellows, N.A. 1882-1925.

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Preliminaries (to the Big Bout). 1916. Lithograph. Mason 24. 15 7/8 x 19 5/8 (sheet 19 7/8 x 23 3/4). Edition 67. An exceptionally rich lifetime impression with tonal wiping, printed on fine Japanese mulberry paper, with full margins. Dedicated: 'This proof is for 'Christina White Holbrook', titled and signed in pencil by the artist. Price upon request.

Eric Gill, R.E. 1882-1940.

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Skaters. 1926. Engraving on copper. Physick 368.ii. 4 3/8 x 4 1/4 (sheet 13 1/16 x 9 7/8). This is the second state of the engraving, as indicated by the ballet skirts worn by each skater. (In the first state, the skaters were completely nude.) Skaters was based upon a photograph in the 'Daily Mirror' of two men skating. As published in Engravings by Eric Gill Douglas Cleverdon, Birmingham, England, 1929 in an edition of 480. (There was also ad edition of 50, presumably signed and numbered, and a hand-colored edition.) Printed on the full sheet of cream wove paper. Unsigned. $275.

Norman Alfred W. Lindsay. Australian. 1879-1969.

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Charles. 1926. Drypoint. Bloomfield 283. 10 1/4 x 12 3/8 (sheet 17 1/4 x 18 3/8). Edition 38, #18. A rich, well-inked impression. Slight mat toning and glue stains along the bottom sheet edge, well outside the image. A rich, glowing impression printed on simili-japon with full margins. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $3,500.

Sir William Russell Flint, R.A. 1880-1909.

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A Rendez-Vous, Vincenzia. 1929. Drypoint. Wright 19.v.9 1/2 x 6 5/8 (sheet 12 1/8 x 9 3/8). Edition 75, #I. An extremely rich impression printed on blue/green laid paper. Signed and numbered in ink. $875.

Martin Lewis, N.A. 1881-1962.

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Cathedral Steps. 1931. Drypoint. McCarron 93. 10 1/2 x 16 3/4 (sheet 14 x 20). Edition 42 recorded impressions (including 7 trial proofs). A richly inked impression printed on cream wove paper. Signed in pencil. Price upon request.

Edmund Blampied, R.E. 1886-1966.

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Chez Madame Dupont. 1931-32. Drypoint. Appleby 158. 8 3/16 x 11 3/4 ( 11 1/8 x 18 1/3). Edition 100, #75. A fine impression on pale cream-colored laid paper, printed on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed and numbered in ink. $1,250.

Reginald Marsh. 1898-1954.

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Beach Picnic. July 11, 1939. Engraving. Sasowsky 182.iii. 5 x 7 (sheet 7 1/2 x 10). Edition 20. Printed on china paper affixed to a sturdy white wove support sheet. A rich impression of this very rare image. Signed in pencil. $3,500.

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Artists' Wives and Lovers.


“Amorous cat, alas
You too must yowl with your love...
or even worse, without!” Basho Matsuo, Japanese Haiku

"The proper basis for a marriage is mutual misunderstanding." Oscar Wilde.

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Fumette. 1858. Etching. Kennedy 13.iv; Glasgow 12.v. 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 (sheet 7 7/8 x 5 3/4). Glasgow records 74 known impressions. Series: Douze Eaux-Fortes d'après Nature(French set). A rich tonal impression in warm brown/black ink on 'Austin' off-white laid paper. Signed in the plate. $2,500.

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The Music Room. 1859. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 33 ii. 5 11/16 x 8 1/2 (sheet 8 1/2 x 11 1/4). An exceptionally rich impression printed on antique laid paper. Unsigned. Sir Francis Seymour Haden, the noted surgeon and etcher, and Whistler's brother-in-law, is reading a newspaper on the left. On the right, Dasha, Haden's wife and Whistler's half-sister, is reading by lamplight. $4,750.

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Gants de Suede. (Suede Gloves.) 1890. Lithograph. Way 26, Levy 40, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 35. 8 1/2 x 4 (sheet 113/4 x 8 1/4). As printed by Way and published in The Studio, London April 16, 1894 with their blindstamp in the lower left-hand margin. A fine impression printed on cream wove paper with full margins. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone. $875.

Clifford R. James 19th-20th century, after James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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The Little White Girl 1922. Mezzotint printed in colors. 20 x 13 (frame 32 x 25). Edition 250. Signed in pencil. Provenance: the estate of Katherine W. Mellon, Stonington, CT. Housed in a gold Whistler-style frame. An extremely large an impressive presentation. The painting (1864–1865) is in the National Gallery, London. $1,250.

Walter Greaves. 1846-1930.

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Avenue Cremorne Gardens. c. 1866. Pencil, ink and watercolor. 7 7/8 x 10 3/4 (sheet 10 1/2 x 12 3/4. Exhibited at the Parkin Gallery. Signed in the image; titled beneath the image, lower left, in the artist's hand. The image appears to depict Whistler and his wife, Beatrix. $1,750.

Jacques James Joseph Tissot. 1836-1902.

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Printemps (Spring). 1878. Etching and drypoint. Tissot 30, Béraldi 27, Wentworth 34. 15 5/8 x 6 (sheet 24 x 10 1/8). Edition about 100. Slight mat stain; otherwise fine condition. A rich impression printed on cream 'Van Gelder Zonen' laid paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Housed in a gold-leaf Whistler-type frame with a silk mat (Frame size 31 1/2 x 18). Signed in the plate, upper right. $3,500.

Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas. 1834-1917.

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Mary Cassatt au Louvre, Musée des Antiques, devant le Sarcophage Étrusque ( Mary Cassatt at the Louvre: the Etruscan Gallery). 1879-80. Etching, aquatint and electric crayon. Delteil 30; Adhémar-Cachin 53.vii. Proof from the cancelled plate printed by Ambroise Vollard in 1918. 10 1/2 x 9 1/4 (sheet 12 5/8 x 9 3/4). Edition 150. Published by Vollard. Illustrated: Zigrosser, Six Centuries of Fine Prints, p. 358. Printed on wove Japon paper. Unsigned. $1,750.

Anders Zorn. 1860-1920.

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Zorn and His Wife. 1890. Etching. Hjert and Hjert 31.ii. 12 1/2 x 8 3/8. Edition 40-50. A fine impression on the full sheet of simili-Japan paper. Signed in pencil. $9,750.

Childe Frederick Hassam, N.A. 1859-1935.

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The Writing Desk. 1915. Etching. Clayton 54. 10 x 7 (sheet 12 3/4 x 10). Printed on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed with the cypher in pencil. Price upon request.

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, R.A., R.E. 1890-1978.

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Une Dacquoise. (Anaïs) (A Woman from Dax (Landes). 1922. Etching. Fletcher 29.iii. 6 3/8 x 4 1/2 (sheet 11 1/2 x 9 1/8). Edition 76. A rich impression printed on cream wove paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. The name Dacquoise is given to ladies from the town of Dax in South Western France, the Aquataine. Signed in pencil. $750.

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James McBey. 1883-1959.

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The Riva at Dusk. 1930. Etching. Hardie/Carter 253. 15 7/8 x 9 3/8 (Sheet 18 3/8 x 11 3/4). Edition 80, #23. A fine impression on cream-colored laid paper with full margins. McBey and his wife are seated at an outdoor cafe in Venice. Signed and numbered in ink. $750.

Pablo Picasso. 1881-1973.

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Homme dévoilant une Femme. (Man uncovering a woman). 1933. Etching. Bloch 138; Baer 203 B.d. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 (sheet 17 1/2 x 11 3/4). Series: Suite Vollard, plate 5. From the edition of 250 on petit papier vergé Montval paper (there was also an edition of 50 on grand papier vergé Montval that same year, and 3 on parchment). Total edition 303. Printed by: Lacourière, Paris. A rich with drypoint burr, impression printed on laid paper countermarked 'Vollard' on the full sheet with deckle edges. The gentleman in the image is Picasso. Price upon request.

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“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” Jalaluddin Rumi

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