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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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Reading. [Maude Franklin] 1879 and 1887. Lithograph. Way 13, Levy 25, Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 17.iv. 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 (sheet 18 x x 13). Edition 100 in this state. A fine impression on greyish chine mounted on ivory plate paper (small set), printed by Way and issued by Boussod, Valadon and Co. in the portfolio, Notes 1887-88. (there were also 30 impressions pulled on mounted Japan with larger sheets of wove backing). Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone. $7,500.

The figure is Maud Franklin, Whistler's mistress. A biography of her life is available online at Maud Franklin.

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