James A. WHISTLER, The embroidered curtain Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1834 – England 1903

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

The embroidered curtain [The Lace curtain] 1889 Place made: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Materials & Technique: prints, Intaglio Etching with drypoint Support: Light-weight cream tissue trimmed to the plate mark leaving a small tab l.l.
Edition State: 3rd state of 7
Impression: 1 trial proof printed for Wunderlich print dealership in New York
Publisher: WHISTLER, James Abbott McNeill

Edition Notes: Printed by WHISTLER, James ( Abbott) McNeill ( United States: 1834- Great Britain, 1903) This etching was printed in a small edition of around 24 etchings, because the plate is so detailed with a fine line quality, Whistler was not able to etch it for a good length of time, meaning that the image was fragile and would not have made a larger edition. Printed in dark brown ink from one copper plate.
Primary Insc: Signed l.l on tab, in pencil [ Whistler's butterfly monogram] " imp"; inscribed in plate, u.l, [Whistler's butterfly monogram] not dated.
Secondary Insc: inscribed as part of image c.l " WATER/ te/ VUUR".
Tertiary Insc: verso: inscribed in Whistler's hand l.r.c, in pencil (diagonally) " Trial proof/ for Wunderlich/ [ Whistler's butterfly monogram] [ see notes 1. ]
Dimensions: plate-mark 23.8 h x 15.8 w cm sheet 24.2 h x 15.8 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Kennedy (1910), 410
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.529
Subject: Collection: The Charles C. Cunningham collection of James McNeill Whistler etchings and lithographs, acquired 1978.