Mar 05, 2015 - Sale 2375

Sale 2375 - Lot 32

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
St James's Street.

Etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, 1878. 275x152 mm; 10 7/8x6 inches, full margins. MacDonald's fourth state (of 4), before cancellation. A very good, well-inked impression of this scarce etching. MacDonald notes 36 impressions in public collections.

Whistler drew this scene directly on an etching plate, sitting by a balcony at the Albemarle Hotel looking down St. James's Street. The etching was commissioned by Vanity Fair, where it was reproduced by lithographic transfer; Whistler used the commission to raise funds toward his financial troubles stemming from the libel suit against the art crtic John Ruskin. Kennedy 169; Glasgow 178.