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For over two decades we have specialized in exceptional examples of fine printmaking: original etchings, engravings, lithographs and woodcuts from 1490 to 1940.

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Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Marche de Gisors (Rue Cappeville), 1894-5

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In this show we are focusing on the prints of two eminent artists: James McNeill Whistler and Camille Pissarro. Both Whistler and Pissarro saw printmaking as an integral part of their artistic practice. And in contrast to contemporary artistic printmaking, both artists personally printed their prints. A letter from Pissarro to his son Lucien is instructive on this point:

“Whistler makes drypoints mostly, and sometimes regular etchings, but the suppleness you find in them, the pithiness and delicacy which charm you derive from the inking which is done by Whistler himself; no professional printer could substitute for him, for inking is an art in itself and completes the etched line.”

Harris Schrank Fine Prints

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

The Bridge, Amsterdam

1889

6.5 x 9.5 inches

etching

P. and D. Colnaghi, London; H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 33940); George Washington Vanderbilt (his sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, May 14-16, 1974)

signed on the tab with the butterfly and inscribed imp, also inscribed on the verso in the artist’s hand first proof pulled together with the butterfly monogram. Kennedy 409, first state of three; Glasgow 447, first state (of five)

$125,000

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

L’île Lacroix, à Rouen

c. 1887

4.5 x 6.25 inches

etching, aquatint, maniere grise, drypoint, burnishing

signed and numbered No. 1 in pencil lower left and annotated 1er ét?t lower right Delteil 69, second state (of 2)

25,000

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Paysanne au Puits (Peasant Woman at the Well)

1891

9.25 x 7.625 inches

etching and aquatint

signed, titled and numbered 3 etat no 2. Delteil 101, third state (of 3)

$33,500

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Marche de Gisors (Rue Cappeville)

1894-5

7.875 x 10.375 inches

etching with extensive hand coloring in watercolors

inscribed no. 2 in pencil. Delteil 112, first state (of seven)

$47,000

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Penny Passengers, Limehouse, 1860

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

The Doorway

1879-80

11.5 x 8 inches

drypoint, etching and roulette, printed in brown ink on laid paper

signed with the butterfly on the tab and inscribed imp., printed on laid paper with a WW countermark. Kennedy 188, Glasgow 193, 9th state (of 20). From the First Venice Set. In very good condition, trimmed by the artist around the plate mark except for the tab.

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Baigneuses a L’Ombre des Berges Boisees, 1894

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

The Bridge, Amsterdam

6.5 x 9.5 inches

etching

signed on the tab with the butterfly and inscribed imp, also inscribed on the verso in the artist’s hand first proof pulled together with the butterfly monogram. Kennedy 409, first state of three; Glasgow 447, first state (of five)

$125,000

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

L’île Lacroix, à Rouen

4.5 x 6.25 inches

etching, aquatint, maniere grise, drypoint, burnishing

signed and numbered No. 1 in pencil lower left and annotated 1er ét?t lower right Delteil 69, second state (of 2)

25,000

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Paysanne au Puits (Peasant Woman at the Well)

9.25 x 7.625 inches

etching and aquatint

signed, titled and numbered 3 etat no 2. Delteil 101, third state (of 3)

$33,500

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Marche de Gisors (Rue Cappeville)

7.875 x 10.375 inches

etching with extensive hand coloring in watercolors

inscribed no. 2 in pencil. Delteil 112, first state (of seven)

$47,000