The Tall Bridge by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

The Tall Bridge by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

The Tall Bridge

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Title

The Tall Bridge

 
Artist
Year
1878  
Technique
lithotint in dark brown ink 
Image Size
10 3/4 x 7 1/8" image size 
Signature
artist's butterfly monogram in stone, upper mid right 
Edition Size
proof 
Annotations
titled in unknown hand, pencil, lower left 
Reference
Way 9; Levy 19 
Paper
soft cream wove 
State
ii/ii 
Publisher
artist, for Piccadilly (never published) 
Inventory ID
DOSP102 
Price
Price On Request 
Description
Way wrote: "He used Iithotint also without the prepared half-tint for three of his earliest efforts, and an interesting example is The Tall Bridge, also drawn and printed for 'Piccadilly' but not used; in this instance it is doubtful if half a dozen copies exist beyond the twelve proofs on mounted Japanese paper. It is a tall drawing of two piers of the very quaint old wooden Battersea Bridge, which he pictured so often with the brush, the needle and the chalk. The structure is drawn with firm chalk lines and washes of delicate tone laid over the whole to draw it together, very much as he made a painting in ink upon his Venice plates, only with this difference—that he needed to repeat the painting for each impression of the etching, while what he did upon the stone repeated itself automatically in the printing. -Some proofs were pulled in a pale brownish color, and are particularly beautiful. " T. B. Way, The Print-Collector'a Quarterly, Vol. Ill, No. 8.