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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

Wapping - The Pool. 1878/79. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 174.vii; Glasgow 180.viii. 7 3/8 x 10 7/8 (sheet11 7/8 x 15 3/8). Issued as plate 7 of 'A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects' (Thames Set). Glasgow records 14 other known impressions. Provenance: a collection of Whistler etchings belonging to Madame C. A very rich impression of this extremely rare image, printed in black ink with plate tone on cream/ivory laid paper. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the plate; mongrammed with the early large shaded butterfly (of 1879) and annotated 'imp' in pencil, indicating a proof printed by Whistler. $9,750.

The Large Pool shows the Pool of London at Wapping, the scene of several prints of the Thames done some twenty years earlier. In composition it anticipates the etchings Whistler was about to do in Venice.

According to the Glasgow catalogue Whistler apparently had a high regard for this plate, as evidenced by the care he took with selection of papers and printing of various states, and by correspondence regarding the plate; and he may have hoped it would help him avert bankruptcy. But it did not (and indeed he gave one impression to James Waddell, the accountant involved in the bankruptcy proceedings); in the end no edition of the print was made. $9,750.

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Please click on the link to the Glasgow online catalogue raisonné Wapping - The Pool.

The site of the etching Pool of London, in the River Thames. Whistler made four etchings specifically called 'the Pool', namely The Pool [49], The Little Pool [79], The Tiny Pool [167] and this, Wapping - The Pool .

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