Old Putney Bridge
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
A major proponent of Aestheticism and Japonisme, James McNeill Whistler also helped to revitalize etching as a serious, creative pursuit. His appreciation for 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.
Black ink on handmade laidpaper with a watermark and a countermark
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)
Watermark: "PRO PATRIA" with a lion and a female figure within a fence-like circle
On verso, Henry Harper Benedict's collector's mark stamped in black, "HHB" monogram
Pro Patria watermark in paper
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
On verso, inscribed in graphite at lower left of sheet: "K. IV of IV"
On verso, inscribed in graphite: "E3863"
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Gift of Guy Mayer
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.238.1_PS1.jpg)
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