WHISTLER, James McNiell
St. James's Street - June 1878
London: Vanity Fair, 2 July 1878. Lithographic transfer in sepia ink. Printed on laid paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 11 x 6 1/8 inches. Sheet size: 15 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches.
A beautiful view of St. James's Street in London by the celebrated artist James McNiell Whistler, published in "Vanity Fair" in 1878.
This important print is a view of St. James's Street in London by the revolutionary artist James McNiell Whistler. Painter, printmaker, designer, scholar, and aesthete, Whistler took the nineteenth century art world by storm. From his atmospheric paintings to his innovative etchings, Whistler's art forever changed the course of Western art, establishing a new language of art, which was both visual and literary. This remarkable print depicts a view from a house in Piccadilly, looking down St. James's Street towards St. James's Palace. It is typical of Whistler's London views, which were often peopled with groups of figures. This is a lithographic copy reproduced in reverse for the London magazine "Vanity Fair" on 2, July, 1878. Vanity Fair, "A Weekly Show of Political, Social, and Literary Ware" was published in weekly supplements from 1869 to 1914. It was chiefly comprised of caricatures of eminient figures, but it also included other fine art items, such as this etching. Carlo Pelligrini was the periodical's primary artist, but artists such as Whistler, Tissot, and Max Beerbohm also contributed to the magazine.
Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler, 169.