Ginger Shop, large by John William Winkler

Ginger Shop, large by John William Winkler

Ginger Shop, large

John William Winkler

Title

Ginger Shop, large

 
Artist
Year
1922  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
7 1/4 x 10 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower center; plate initialled, lower left 
Edition Size
under 50, impressions will vary 
Annotations
title and old price 
Reference
 
Paper
antique, antique white laid ledger paper 
State
 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
13041 
Price
$650.00 
Description

John W. Winkler saw Whistler's work at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Whistler's influence is obvious in this etching, done in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1922. The focus of the composition is the ginger seller in his shop, and the work gets sketchier as the viewer moves away from the shop. Winkler found Chinatown fascinating and did many etchings there.

Like Whistler, Winkler worked directly on the plate on site, etching it with the nitric acid as he worked rather than immersing them in an acid bath later. In Chinatown, at that time, there was often a suspicion of outsiders and Winkler had to learn to draw quickly, before the subject would disappear.

Also like Whistler he began printing on old papers, gathered from various sources including old ledgers and end sheets. Impressions would vary depending on the color and type of paper he used.