Becquet (The Fiddler) plate 8 from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Becquet (The Fiddler)  plate 8 from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Becquet (The Fiddler) plate 8 from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Title

Becquet (The Fiddler) plate 8 from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames

 
Artist
Year
1859 -60 
Technique
drypoint and etching 
Image Size
10 1/16 x 7 5/16" platemark 
Signature
unsigned, as usual 
Edition Size
Glasgow notes 96 known impressions in 6 states 
Annotations
 
Reference
Glasgow 62 vi/vi; Kennedy 52; plate 8 of the Thames Set; Mansfield 52; Thomas 54 and Wedmore 48. 
Paper
thin japan paper 
State
sixth of six 
Publisher
Artist 
Inventory ID
JMAE101 
Price
$4,000.00 
Description

This portrait of Becquet, a sculptor and amateur musician, was done around 1860 when Whistler produced a number of fine drypoint portraits of artists and writers in Paris. Most of the plates were cancelled in 1879. This plate however was included in the "Sixteen Etchings" under the title "The Fiddler". Whistler re-used a plate on which had originally been etched a view of West Point. Traces of the early etching is visble in the lower portion of the figure.

Whistler exhibited an impression of "Becquet" at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Whistler exhibited by invitation and showed 38 etchings and lithographs.