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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Nude Model Reclining. 1893. Transfer lithograph with stumping. Way 47, Levy 75, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 73. iii. 4 1/2 x 8 1/16 (sheet 7 7/8 x 12 3/16). Way listed 25 lifetime proofs, although the number was at least forty-four (Goulding printed 30 posthumous impressions on November 30, 1904). Printed on cream laid paper with a foolscap watermark. Signed with the butterfly in the stone and in pencil. Housed in a 17 1/4 x 21 1/4-inch Whistler style gold leaf frame. $8,000.

The model's pose is similar to that of a number of pastels produced by Whistler in the early 1890s. When Whistler first received the proofs of this lithograph he declared it 'a great success'. He then proposed that the transfer drawing be used as the basis for a lithotint; but upon seeing a sketch of Whistler's suggested improvements, Thomas Way strongly advised against the idea.

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