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Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (printmaker)
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The Beggars (assigned title)
Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (printmaker) American artist, 1834-1903
printed with surface tone in brown ink
1879 to 1880
From ‘Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice’, the series of twelve prints known as the ‘First Venice Set’, first etched in 1879-80 and published by The Fine Art Society. This was the most prominent figure subject in the ‘First Venice Set’. The plate went through various states as he adjusted the arrangement of beggars, boatman and water-carriers in the dark passageway leading from the small, enclosed Corte de la Carozze to the brightly lit Campo Santa Margarita in Dorsoduro.
For references see also Katharine A. Lochnan, The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven/London 1984, no. 192; Alastair Grieve, ‘The Sites of Whistler’s Venice Etchings’, Print Quarterly, vol. XIII, March 1996, pp. 22-5; C. G. Boerner in collaboration with Harris Schrank Fine prints, James McNeill Whistler, Etchings and Lithographs, New York 2007, no. 23.
Standard print ref/s
Kennedy 194 VII/IX
P.3-2008 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
P.2-2008 - The Doorway