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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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The Fair. 1895-96. Lithograph. Way 92, Levy 144, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 135.ii. 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 (sheet 13 x 9 5/8). A fine impression printed on antique cream laid paper. Way lists 15 lifetime impressions (Goulding printed 30 proofs on April 11, 1904). Collector' seal verso: LDB (not in Lugt). Presumably one of the 15 lifetime impression. Monogrammed with the butterfly above the awning in the stone. Housed in a silver and black frame with a silk mat. A fine impression of this scarce image. 3,500.

Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink write, page 460: Whistler probably drew this scene at the Onion Market in Old Shambles Place in Lyme Regis, Dorset....Although Whistler was disappointed with the proofs of many of his Lyme Regis lithographs, he must have been satisfied with The Fair. He elected to include it in the exhibition of this lithographs at the Fine Art Society in 1895-96."

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