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Print - The Traghetto
  • The Traghetto
    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903
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The Traghetto

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1880 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and drypoint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from The University of Glasgow Art Collections, The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow in 1968

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.639-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 1, box C

In 1879 Whistler was commissioned by the Fine Art Society to make a set of etchings of Venice. This is a printmaking technique in which acid is used to bite lines in a metal plate. These lines are next filled with ink, which is then printed on to paper.

Whistler was one of the first artists to put his pencilled signature to a print. This practice grew up during the second half of the 19th century in order to identify works printed from surfaces made by the artist him- or herself, as opposed to reproductions of works originally created in other media.

Physical description

Etching and drypoint by James McNeill Whistler, 'The Traghetto (No.2)', 1880. From 'Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings', published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880. Also known as 'The First Venice Set'. Signed in pencil.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1880 (published)

Artist/maker

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and drypoint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 23.7 cm, Width: 30.2 cm

Object history note

From Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings, published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880. Also known as 'The First Venice Set'. This is an impression from the cancelled plate. W.156; K.191, 6th state.

Descriptive line

Etching and drypoint by James McNeill Whistler, 'The Traghetto (No.2)', 1880. From 'Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings', published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880. Signed.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.156.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.191, 6th state.
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1968

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Drypoint

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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