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United States of America 1834 – England 1903

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

The little steps, Lyme Regis 1895/96 Place made: Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic transfer lithograph Support: medium-weight cream laid paper with deckled bottom edge.
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: centre right edge [ partial] top part of fortune figure belonging to the countermark of VAN GELDER( Chicago( 1998) vol 2 Cat No 151 p.379)
Edition State: first state of two
Edition: 15 lifetime impressions ( listed by the printer without distinguishing between two states) plus a posthumous edition of 30
Publisher: Philip, Rosalind Birnie
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1896

Edition Notes: proofs by Thomas WAY senior ( England 1837-1915) and Thomas Robert WAY ( England 1861-1913) printed by Thomas Robert WAY,and Thomas WAY senior at 21 Wellington Street, London. Rosalind Birnie Philip the executer of Whistler's estate had a posthumous edition of 30 impressions printed by Frederick Goulding (1842-1909) on 29th October 1903
Primary Insc: signed l.l, in pencil [ Whistler's butterfly monogram]; signed on stone to appear upper.r. in image [Whistler's butterfly monogram]
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed l.l, in pencil " 94 Way94" ; "C28104". verso: inscribed l.l, in pencil " a38403" [ crossed out]; "a981J7" [crossed out] ; " C7447"; collector's stamp of trefoil c.l, in brown ink[Cunningham]; l.r, in pencil " 1978.448".
Dimensions: comp 20.8 h x 14.8 w cm sheet 28.2 h x 22.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Chicago (1998), 131
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.448
Subject: Collection: The Charles C. Cunningham collection of James McNeill Whistler etchings and lithographs, acquired 1978.