Lithograph print "The Tyresmith", 1890, featuring a Chelsea (London) wheelwright's shop, by JAMES ABBOTT McNEIL WHISTLER (1834-1903). Forges and smithies are said to have been a lifelong favorite subject of Whistler. My research online suggests that this example is one of the 500 to 1000 examples printed from a transfer stone, to be published in The Whirlwind 2, no. 20, issue of November 15, 1890. It is printed on wove paper and has been laid down to a board so it has not been possible to search for distinguishing watermarks. The image measures 6 1/2" by 7", the sheet as present measures 10" by 8". The print is in rough condition, with two parallel vertical folds having been present before it was laid down; and the process of laying this down was done carelessly, as there are now raised "bubbles" and a tight meandering crease in the paper at lower center below the imagery. Despite the condition this remains a collectable print of the great master, Whistler. His distinctive, identifying "butterfly" appears in the print at left center.
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