James Abbott McNeil Whistler (Massachusetts/England/France, 1834-1903) etching on laid paper titled "Billingsgate" depicting fishing boats at a bustling city dock. Signed and dated "1859" in the plate at lower right. Frederick Keppel & Co., New York, NY gallery label en verso along with handwritten inscription "To GB [likely George Briggs Buchanan]From Cousin Happie, Christmas 1929". Housed in an older ebonized wood frame with newer conservation glass, matte, retains the original gallery label en verso. Plate – 6" H x 9" W. Sight – 6 1/2" H x 9 1/4" W. Framed – 12 1/2" H x 15 3/8" W. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction. CONDITION: Etching overall very good condition. Housed in an older frame with newer conservation glass, matte, retains the original gallery label en verso. Slight toning noted to perimeter of matte. Etching not examined out of the frame.
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