A late 19th century etching of a young woman, measuring 5 3/4" by 4" inside the mat, the laid paper sheet 10" by 7 1/4", and 19 1/4" by 15 1/2" nicely framed, with a monogram in the plate at right center and an illegible pencil signature at lower right that appears to begin with "J". As the work somewhat resembles some portrait etchings by the famous artist Whistler, and the monogram almost appears as an early Whistlerian "butterfly" before it evolved, I thought the work possibly by Whistler. However research seems to discount that theory and the Swann auction house print specialists in New York were unable to name the artist. The print appears perfect as viewed inside the mat but upon opening the backing to inspect, I saw that the margins are in poor condition, the print at one time having apparently had an over mat which upon removal left in its wake paper disturbance, including short tears and small losses (but in the margin areas only) and heavy adhesive residue. The frame is very interesting in an Art Nouveau sort of way, and attractive, making for a strong decorative piece for home or office.
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