Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (American Expatriate living in London 1834-1903), Swan and Iris, 1883, (Kennedy, #241, Glasgow #247, Mansfield #238), (Sketch after Cecil Lawson's "Swan and Iris"), etching and drypoint printed in black on antique cream laid paper, MacDonald's sixth state (of 6), with the horizontal drypoint lines extending on the bevel at the plate edge upper left, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (13.3 x 8.3 cm), Provenance: Frederick Keppel and Company, New York, Whistler's etching is based on an unfinished painting by the British landscapist Lawson, a member of the Idyllists. The tranquil riverscape is composed of a flowering iris in the foreground, and a swan with outstretched wings moving across an expanse of water, perhaps the River Thames, towards a bank in the middle distance. The composition is framed by the wide span of an arched bridge. The print was commissioned as an illustration for a posthumous biography of Lawson written by Edmund Gosse and published in 1883. Lawson's wife, Constance Lawson, was the elder sister of Whistler's wife-to-be Beatrice Philip Godwin, whom he married in 1888.
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