Whistler, James A. M. OLD BATTERSEA BRIDGE. Spink 18, Way 12, Levy 24. Lithograph, 1879 and 1887. Second state of 2, chine colle on a support sheet, as issued. From the "small set" of the edition of 100 printed by Way for the Notes Portfolio published by Boussod, Valadon and Co. in 1887 (30 were on a support sheet larger than this example, and are referred to as the "large set."; 70 in this size). It is not known whether the state changes were made in 1879, when the work was created, or in 1887, when it was published). Signed with the butterfly in the stone. Printed in black on ivory-colored paper. 5 5/8 x 13 inches, 144 x 332 mm. (image) 8 1/4 x 13 1/8 inches, 209 x 332 mm. (printed sheet), 13 3/8 x 17 3/8 inches, 343 x 503 mm. (support sheet). In excellent condition. Whistler made the drawing directly on the lithographic stone, working on a boat below the bridge.
Inventory # 12684