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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

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The Sunny Smithy. 1895. Lithograph. Way 85; Levy 130; Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 121. 5 1/2 x 8 (sheet 9 1/16 x 12 5/16). Only 4 impressions listed by Way. Printed on Japanese vellum. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone in the center of the anvil. A fine impression of this extremely rare lithograph. $7,500.

Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink write, page 368: 'The Sunny Smithy is a view of the interior of the Govier smithy on Broad Street in Lyme Regis, Dorset. In the center of the scene, George Govier, wearing a leather vest and apron, works with a hammer at an anvil. The image is one of seven drawings (cat. nos. 119-125)on papier végétsl that Whistler sent from Lyme Regis to his prionters in London on 27 September 1895 (letter 141). Six of the images in this first group of Lyme Regis subjects were drawn in the Govier family's blacksmith shop, including The Master Smith (cat. no. 120), a portrait of George Govier."

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