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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Charing Cross Railway Bridge. 1896. Transfer lithograph with with stumping, scraping and incising. Way 120, Levy 166, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 157. 5 1/8 x 8 1/2 (sheet 81/4 x 13). Way lists 27 impressions (Goulding printed 36 posthumous impressions on April 29, 1904, after which the stone was defaced). Printed by Goulding on 'Pro Patria' watermarked laid paper. The verso of the paper has ink script that, when showing through to the front, looks like lines of mist in the water and sky. The text is in Greek and Latin. According to Martha Tedeschi, other Whistler lithographs are also printed on paper with similar text. Collector's seal, verso: Rosalind Birnie Philip, Whistler's sister-in-law, Lugt 405. Signed with the butterfly in the stone. $4,500.

The view is drawn from the balcony of Whistler’s Savoy Hotel room, loverlooking the Thames Embankment. The long span of Charing Cross Bridge forms the composition's central focus.

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