Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER (1834-1903)
The old Farm (1858 Rhineland)

Artists/Makers/Factories

JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER (1834-1903)

Width 228.00mm wide [8.98 inches wide]
Height 159.00mm high [6.26 inches high]

Condition

Good condition.

Description / Expertise

Whistler first settled in Paris when he came to Europe in 1855.
In August 1858 he set off on a three week etching tour of the Rhineland, which resulted in his first series of etchings "Douze Eaux-fortes d'apr├Ęs Nature" (Twelve etchings from Nature), now known as 'The French Set'.

The old Farm or The unsafe Tenement
Glasgow 18 iv/iv
Original etching, 1858. The plate signed. Etched for the French set.
Final state, the plate corners rounded. A strong impression on japan paper, printed posthumously, c1910 (the plate was probably one of those acquired by Frederick Keppel).

Probably an old farm house in Alsace Lorraine, etched on the Rhineland tour.
Whistler initially called the plate "The old Farm" when first published in Paris in an edition of 20 in November 1858 but changed it to "The unsafe Tenement" for its first issue in London a few weeks later.