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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Old Battersea Bridge. 1879 and 1887. Lithograph. Way 12, Levy 24, Spink 18.ii. 5 7/8 x 13 1/8 (sheet 13 5/8 x 19 3/8). From the 1887 "small set" printed by Thomas Way and issued by Boussod, Valadon and Co. for Notes in 1887. The total edtion was 100, comprised of an edition of about 70 printed on the thin, greyish "chine" mounted on white/ivory wove paper, and also 30 impressions pulled on mounted Japan with larger sheets of wove backing. This impression is from the 'small set'. Printed in black on ivory-colored paper Monogrammed with the butterfly in the plate. A fine impression in excellent condition. Whistler made the drawing directly on the lithographic stone, working on a boat below the bridge. $4,500.

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