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    Old Putney Bridge

    A major proponent of Aestheticism and Japonisme, James McNeill Whistler also helped to revitalize etching as a serious, creative pursuit. His appreciation fro this medium was fostered, in part, by close study of etchings by the seventeenth-century Dutch master Rembrandt. For his own prolific output, Whistler often went out into the streets of London (where he settled in 1859), capturing urban views directly onto plates. Back in the studio, he would painstakingly experiment with inking processes and the timing of the acid bath, refining his original conceptions to create prints of great technical and visual complexity. Internationally acclaimed and exhibited, Whistler's etchings exerted a strong influence on a younger generation of American painter-etchers.

    • Artist: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American, 1834-1903
    • Medium: Black ink on handmade laidpaper with a watermark and a countermark
    • Dates: 1879
    • Dimensions: Image: 8 x 11 3/4 in. (20.3 x 29.8 cm) Sheet: 11 13/16 x 15 7/8 in. (30 x 40.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Watermark: "PRO PATRIA" with a lion and a female figure within a fence-like circle Countermark: "LVG" On verso, Henry Harper Benedict's collector's mark stamped in black, "HHB" monogram Pro Patria watermark in paper
    • Signature: Signed butterfly monogram with "imp." in graphite below lower right corner of plate; signed butterfly monogram followed by "x x [v or n?]" in graphite at lower right of sheet; printed monogram at lower center of plate
    • Inscriptions: On verso, inscribed in graphite at lower left of sheet: "K. IV of IV" On verso, inscribed in graphite: "E3863"
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 51.238.1
    • State: 4th State
    • Credit Line: Gift of Guy Mayer
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903). Old Putney Bridge, 1879. Black ink on handmade laidpaper with a watermark and a countermark, Image: 8 x 11 3/4 in. (20.3 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Guy Mayer, 51.238.1
    • Image: overall, 51.238.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Best (88%)
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