James A. WHISTLER, Bead-stringers Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1834 – England 1903

  • France 1855-60, England 1860-92, France 1892-95, England from 1895

Bead-stringers 1879-80
Collection Title: A Set of Twenty- Six Etchings (Second Venice Set) 1886
Place made: Venice, Veneto, Venezia province, Italy
Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio etching Support: light-weight cream, laid paper trimmed to the plate-mark leaving a small tab l.l
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: centre [shield with crown]
Edition State: 6th state of 8
Edition: Edition of 30; plus 12 extra impressions of 15 plates, and an extra 123 proofs printed by Whistler for Dowdeswell , a total of 1083 proofs.
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1886

Edition Notes: Proofs by WHISTLER, James (Abbott) McNeill ( United States: 1834-Great Britain-1903) Printed by WHISTLER, James (Abbott) McNeill ( United States: 1834-Great Britain-1903) Assisted by MENPES, Mortimer ( Australia 1855- Great Britain-1938) Assisted by SICKERT, Walter Richard (Great Britain 1860-1942) Printed in dark brown ink from one copper plate
Primary Insc: signed on tab l.l , in pencil,[ Whistler's butterfly monogram]; inscribed on tab l.l, in pencil " imp".
Secondary Insc: Inscribed as part of image top.c, in plate " 37".
Tertiary Insc: verso:collector's stamp of trefoil c, in brown ink [ Cunningham]; collector's stamp c., in grey ink "HW" [ Harris G. Whittemore]; collector's initials verso of tab l.r, in pencil " ERM (?)" [ E.R.Martin (?)]
Dimensions: plate-mark 22.6 h x 15.2 w cm sheet 23.4 h x 15.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Kennedy (1910), 198; Mansfield (1909), 195
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.397
Subject: Collection: The Charles C. Cunningham collection of James McNeill Whistler etchings and lithographs, acquired 1978.