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Venice in the Etching Revival

Venice in the Etching Revival

Otto Bacher, Ernest D. Roth, William Walcot, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

The etching medium experienced a resurgence towards the end of the 19th century as artists reexamined the technique and once again promoted it as an original art medium rather than merely a reproductive process. During this time, James Abbott McNeill Whistler became a leading figure of the Etching Revival, influencing countless other artists to explore the technique. Contemporaries took inspiration not only in the etching process itself, but also from Whistler’s favored subject matter, including the city of Venice.

Few places in the world have sparked the collective artistic consciousness as has Venice. Whistler arrived in the city in 1879, commissioned by the Fine Art Society, London to produce a suite of twelve etchings. Largely forgoing the most famous, fashionable landmarks, Whistler instead created images of hidden areas, intricate facades, and working-class Venetians. Other artists followed suit, producing similarly atmospheric works that depicted both the more recognizable and lesser-known sites of Venice.

This exhibition presents prints by Whistler and fellow artists including Otto Bacher, Ernest D. Roth, and William Walcot, who explored etching as an independent mode of expression. Using Venice as their collective muse, they created striking compositions that faithfully captured intimate and eye-catching scenes through the etched line.

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"I have learned to know a Venice in Venice that others never seem to have perceived . . . ”

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Otto Bacher, American (1856-1909)

Bead Stringers, Perleria, Venice

12 3/4 x 9 inches

Etching

Edition of 21. Plate number 5 from Etchings of Venice. Signed in pencil lower left margin: "Otto H. Bacher". Signed and inscribed in the plate lower right: "Otto H. Bacher / Venice". A fine impression in fine condition, aside from previous restoration in the top margin. Sheet measures 14 1/2 x 10 inches.

$2,900

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Otto Bacher, American (1856-1909)

Rainy Night, Venice

1880

5 x 12 1/2 inches

Etching

Signed in pencil lower left margin: "Otto H. Bacher". A fine impression of this rare print. In fine condition. Sheet measures 8 x 15 inches.

$8,500

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Otto Bacher, American (1856-1909)

Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, Venice

1880

4 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

Etching

Inscribed in the plate lower left: "Venice". A fine impression in fine condition. Sheet measures 5 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches.

$3,200

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Ernest D. Roth, American (1879-1964)

Cloisters of San Gregorio, Venice

1907

11 3/4 x 8 7/8 inches

Etching

Denker 55. Signed in the plate lower right: "E.D. Roth". Inscribed in pencil lower left margin: "San Giorgio - Venice"; signed and dated in pencil lower center margin: "Ernest D. Roth / 1907". A fine impression in fine condition. Sheet measures 15 x 11 1/4 inches.

$975

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Ernest D. Roth, American (1879-1964)

The Iron Grill, Venice

1913

10 7/16 x 7 7/8 inches

Etching

American Etchers 43. Signed and dated in the plate lower left: "E. D. Roth/ 1913-". Signed in pencil lower center margin: "Ernest D. Roth/ 1914". On paper bearing a flower watermark. A fine impression in fine condition, aside from a slight crease at the lower left paper edge, not extending to the image and adhesive remnants verso at top corners not extending to the image. Sheet measures 15 x 11 inches. Exhibited: "Reflections & Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940", Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, January 23 - April 4, 2014. Touring Exhibition, organized by The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

$1,200

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William Walcot, British (1874-1943)

San Marco Venice

1920

3 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches

Etching and drypoint

Dickins 66; Harvey-Lee 91. Edition of 415. One of four prints in The Venice Set. Signed lower right margin: "W. Walcot". A fine impression in fine condition, aside from very light matburn, and a 1 1/2 inch paper loss in the lower right corner, not extending to the image. Sheet measures 9 1/8 x 12 1/2 inches.

$1,200

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Venice - Courtyard of the Doge's Palace

William Walcot, British (1874-1943)

4 1/4 x 4 1/8 inches

Etching and drypoint with aquatint

Harvey-Lee 185A. Edition of 50. Signed lower right margin: "W. Walcot". A fine impression in fine condition, aside from light matburn. Sheet measures 9 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches.

$1,200

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (1834-1903)

Quiet Canal

1879-80

8 7/8 x 6 inches

Etching and drypoint

Glasgow 224 iv/IV; Kennedy 214 v/V. From the Second Venice Set ("A Set of Twenty-Six Etchings by James A. McN. Whistler," 1886). Signed in graphite with the artist's butterfly signature and "imp"on tab. Printed on laid paper in brown ink. Trimmed to or just within the platemark. A fine impression in fine condition.

$45,000

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (1834-1903)

The Mast, or The Venetian Mast

1879-80

13 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Etching and drypoint

Glasgow 219 vi/XII; Kennedy 195 v/VI. From the First Venice Set ("Venice, A Series of Twelve Etchings," 1880). Signed in graphite with the artist's butterfly signature and "imp." in the lower left margin. Signed in the plate with the artist’s butterfly signature near the left edge, just below center. A fine impression in fine condition. Sheet measures 14 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.

$18,500

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (1834-1903)

The Two Doorways

1880

8 x 11 1/2 inches

Etching and drypoint

Glasgow 221 vii/XIII; Kennedy 193 iv/V. From the First Venice Set ("Venice, A Series of Twelve Etchings," 1880). Signed in graphite with the artist's butterfly signature and "imp."on tab. Signed in the plate with the artist's butterfly signature to the left of the arch of the doorway. Printed on laid paper. Trimmed to or just within the platemark. A fine impression in fine condition aside from adhesive residue and hinge remnants verso.

$45,000

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