Sep 20, 2018 - Sale 2485

Sale 2485 - Lot 42

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Chelsea Rags.

Lithograph, 1888. 180x159 mm; 7 1/8x6 1/4 inches, full margins. Edition of approximately only 13. Signed with the butterfly in pencil, lower right. A very good impression of this extremely scarce lithograph.

The view depicted shows the unpretentious façade of a London rag shop. In this case, the shop's location is in Whistler's Chelsea neighborhood.

After just a handful of impressions were printed for the artist, like the current impression, this subject was widely published in the journal Albermarle, in 1891. Consequently, Whistler's lithographs of the 1880s/1890s received greater widespread attention than his extremely limited etchings of the period. Way 22; Levy 35; Spink 26.