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

  • 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.638-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, 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 Palaces’, from ‘Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings’, published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880. Also known as ‘The First Venice Set’. View of palaces on a canal in Venetian Gothic architectural style, with gondolas moored at the water’s edge.

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

Dimensions

Height: 25.2 cm plate, Width: 36 cm plate, Height: 29.3 cm paper, Width: 40.2 cm paper

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’. W.153; K.187, 3rd state.

Descriptive line

Etching and drypoint by James McNeill Whistler. The Palaces, plate from Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings, published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880.

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

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.153.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.187, 3rd state.
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1968

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching (printing process); Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Palaces

Categories

Prints; Printmaking techniques

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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