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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites. 1894. Transfer lithograph with stumping. Way 53, Levy 84, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 92. iii. 8 5/8 x 6 3/8 (sheet 11 x 7 7/8). Way listed 28 lifetime proofs (Goulding printed 40 posthumous impressions on December 11, 1903). Printed on fine ivory laid paper. Signed with the butterfly in the stone and in pencil. $6,500.

This image of Parisian whitesmiths, or tinsmiths, at work was drawn in a narrow cul-de-sac near the Luxembourg Gardens, just a few blocks from Whistler's studio on rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, in July, 1894.

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