AFTERNOON TEA (or LA CONVERSATION)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
AFTERNOON TEA (or LA CONVERSATION)
Lithograph
1897

An original James Abbott McNeill Whistler Lithograph print.

1897

Original lithograph printed inn black ink on tan laid Japan paper.

Signed on the stone with the artist’s butterfly monogram upper right.

A superb impression of Spink’s only state from the edition of 100 published and issued by Ambroise Vollard in L’Album d’estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard (second album), Paris 1897; printed by Auguste Clot, Paris. Also bearing the blindstamp of Edmond Sagot (Lugt 2254) in the sheet lower right.

Catalog: Spink 173; Levy 114; Way 147.

7 1/4 x 6 3/16 inches

Sheet Size: 15 5/8 x 9 7/16 inches

“Afternoon Tea” is a double portrait of Whistler’s mother-in-law, Francis Birnie Philip, and her daughter Ethel Whibley. Mrs. Philip appears in the mourning dress and black headcovering that she adopted after Beatrix Whistler’s death in 1896.

Auguste Clot printed an edition of 100 impressions of “Afternoon Tea” (or La Conversation, as it was titled in the album) for inclusion in Ambroise Vollard’s L’Album d’estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard, issued in 1897. The second of two such albums, it contained thirty-two prints by thirty-one artists. Whistler’s lithograph was the smallest in the folio.

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