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OTTO HENRY BACHER The Old Market, Florence.
Etching printed in brown, 1881. 182x255 mm; 7 1/8x10 1/8 inches, full margins. Signed in pencil, lower left. A superb, richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce print.
Bacher (1856-1909), a native of Cleveland, studied in Ohio and later in Munich where he made friends with Frank Duveneck (1848-1919, see lot 28). He accompanied Duveneck to Florence in late 1879 and then to Venice in the summer and fall of 1880, during this time they overlapped with Whistler (see lots 26 and 27). They left Venice, some 6 months after Whistler did, and spent the winter and spring of 1881 in Florence again, where this etching was conceived.
Bacher was perhaps the closest and most profoundly influenced of all Whistler's followers during this time. Whistler and his model/mistress Maud Franklin moved into the Casa Jankovitz on the Riva with Bacher and other "Duveneck Boys" during the summer of 1880 and proofed his plates on a press that Bacher had brought with him to Venice.