Printed at the Chiswick Press

WAY (Thomas R.)Mr Whistler's Lithographs. The Catalogue.

London, George Bell & Sons, [Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co., London], 1896.

8vo, publisher’s half vellum titled in gilt over printed brown paper boards, untrimmed. 42 pp., (2) pp. Frontispiece plate drawn from a photograph supplied by Whistler and worked on by him. The artist also designed the title-page. Complete.

First Edition

Fine catalogue listing 130 works by the great American-born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) executed between 1878 and 1896.

One of only 140 numbered copies [on Hollande Van Gelder paper] signed by the author of which this is one of 125 copies for sale.

Stamp of Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells Ltd., 160, New Bond Street, London, inside front board. Charles William Dowdeswell operated a frame making and print shop at 36 Chancery Lane, and opened his gallery at 133 New Bond Street by 1880. The firm moved to 160 New Bond Street in 1887, and exhibitions were held in that space until at least 1918. The gallery exhibited a wide range of work, including paintings and drawings by Sutton Palmer, Birket Foster, Whistler, Alfred East, and Byam Shaw; and published prints by Charles Méyron, Seymour Haden and Whistler. The gallery made “a speciality of showing the work … of young and rising artists of the English school. Their rooms [133 New Bond Street] are among the pleasantest in Bond Street, and one may be sure of finding there at all seasons some pictures, by well-known modern painters, worthy of notice” (Charles Eyre Pascoe). In the summer of 1887, the firm moved into new premises at 160 New Bond Street, previously the home of Salon Parisien (ref. London Gallery Project).

A fine copy.

Price: 300,00 euros


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