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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris. 1857. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy 23.v; Glasgow 29.v. 6 x 3 1/2. Series: Douze Eaux-Fortes d'après Nature (French set). A fine impression on cream laid paper with wide margins. Signed in the plate. $1,250.

This home is in the Quarter Mouffetard, Paris. A doorway frames the scene, a device Whistler frequently employed to give perspective to the interior.

The image was included as part of the published 'French Set', but drawn on the plate direct from life at the same time as The Old Rag Gatherer (above). Originally the room was empty of figures, and Whistler called the plate Quartier Mouffetard after the district in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It was only in 1861 that he added the figures, reportedly at the suggestion of Serjeant Thomas, who had bought the plates of 'The French Set' and had them printed at the same time as Whistler's early Thames Etching and drypoints in 1861.

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Please click on the link to the Glasgow online catalog raisonné Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris..

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