Whistler with the White Lock by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Whistler with the White Lock by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Whistler with the White Lock

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Title

Whistler with the White Lock

 
Artist
Year
1879  
Technique
etching and drypoint 
Image Size
4 11/16 x 3 1/8" platemark and paper 
Signature
unsigned, as usual. 
Edition Size
From first printing of around 18 impressions. Glasgow notes 34 known impressions, which includes 16  
Annotations
 
Reference
Glasgow 162, Kennedy 172; M.169; Gr. 143; W.142 
Paper
cream laid 
State
i/i, published 
Publisher
artist and H. Wunderlich 
Inventory ID
JMAE104 
Price
$3,500.00 
Description

This is the first image depicting Whistler with the white lock of hair that became one of his trademarks. The first printing was lightly printed, as this is and was published in the "Cancelled Set" in 1878 by the Fine Art Society, London, despite being not cancelled, just unfinished. This impression was trimmed to the platemark and a tab was left in the lower left to add a butterfly, but was not signed.

The plate was printed again in 1889 by H. Wunderlich, New York in an edition of 16. These impressions were more carefully inked and are stronger despite being the same state.

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow notes: "This is one of several self-portraits, including 'Portrait of Whistler' 005, 'Whistler with a hat' 044 and 'Head of Whistler' 318. The white lock is conspicuous in photographs such as those reproduced here. It was a genetic trait, Waardenburg syndrome, shared with his sister Deborah Delano Haden (1825-1908)..."