Little Doorway, Lyme Regis. 1895. Lithograph. Way 83, Levy 122, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 119. 9 x 6 (sheet 13 1/2 x 9 3/4). Edition of 15 lifetime impressions recorded Way (Goulding printed 30 posthumous impressions in 1904, after which the stone was erased). Printed on cream laid paper with a Strasbourg Lily/LVG with a IV watermark (Chicago 289), indicating a posthumous impression. Collector's seal, verso: Rosalind Birnie-Philip, Whistler's sister-in-law, Lugt 405. Signed with the butterfly in the stone. $3,750.
In the late summer of 1895, Whistler and his wife visited the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset. During their stay, Whistler drew 7 images on lithographic transfer paper, and sent them to his printer, Thomas Way, in London. This image was included in The Fine Art Society's exhibition of Whistler's lithographs in 1895-96.
Rosalind Birnie-Philip, Beatrice's younger sister, cared for Whistler after her sister's death, and became the sole executrix of his estate. Whistler designed her collector's seal.
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