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Theodore Casimir Roussel. 1847-1926.

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The Sign of the White Horse, Parson's Green. 1906. Etching. Hausberg 68.xiv. 4 11/16 x 3 3/16 (image and sheet). Edition about 30 in this state (total about 60 proofs) printed in 14 states. Agnew's label verso. Illustrated: Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, p. 161. A rich impression with plate tone, printed on cream laid paper. A rich impression with plate tone, printed by Roussel on cream laid paper. An early proof, before the plate was retouched in 1925. Trimmed to the plate and tab by Roussel in imitation of Whistler. Signed on tab 'Theodore Casimir Roussel imp o' in pencil (Whistler used to indicate superior impressions with a number of 'os'. $1,250.

Theodore Casimir Roussel met Whistler in 1885, having become his neighbour in Chelsea, and the two men became lifelong friends. In 1888, encouraged by Whistler, Roussel began experimenting with etching and drypoint.

The pub 'The White Horse' depicted in the print was less than one hundred yards from Roussel's home, Belfield House, on Parson's Green in Fulham. Both the house and the pub are still standing. This is one of three etchings Roussel made depciting the local scenes at Parson's Green.

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