James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903)
The Palaces (From Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings)
1879-1880. Fifth state (of six per Glasgow, 223), with the Artist's butterfly monogram upper left. Pencil signed with the Artist's butterfly monogram and inscribed 'Imp' on the tab bottom left, etching on laid paper with a 'WHATMAN' watermark
Plate size: 9 15/16 x 14 in. (25.2 x 35.6 cm)
Sheet size: 10 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. (26 x 35.9cm)
Published by the Fine Arts Society, London (1880)
[Kennedy 187; Mansfield 184; Wedmore 153]
Private Collection, Brussels, Belgium.
The Palaces is among Whistler's most popular, and most recognizable etchings. It is the largest of twelve works included in Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings (also known as The First Venice Set), which the artist was commissioned to produce by the Fine Art Society in London in 1879. The etching was also intended to be the main feature of the series, as it encapsulates, through the gondolas, the shimmering water and the detailed gothic facades, a quintessential vision of Venice.
Sold for $10,625 (buyer's premium included)