The Little Lagoon

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
The Little Lagoon
etching & drypoint
1879 – 1880

An original James Abbott McNeill Whistler etching & drypoint print.

1879 – 1880

Original etching with drypoint printed in brown/black ink on fine laid paper bearing a “WW” block letter watermark.

Hand-signed in pencil with the artist’s butterfly monogram on a tab below the platemark lower left, also annotated “imp.” on the tab indicating that the impression was printed by Whistler himself, also signed in the plate with the butterfly monogram lower right.

From the edition of 100 published by the Fine Art Society, London, 1880, in the series Venice, Whistler. Usticke 38 ii/iv

Catalog: Mansfield 183; Grolier Club 153; Wedmore 152; Kennedy 186 ii/ii

8 15/16 x 6”

In front, at the left, are two posts set in the lagoon. Farther away, at the right, a boatman is rowing his gondola. Beyond, in the center, lies a boat with to masts, near which a number of gondolas are in motion. In the distance, at the left, are buildings on a beach, in front of which lie a ship and a second boat with two masts. Faintly outlined on the horizon are suggestions of Venice, under a cloudy sky. The butterfly, shaded, is near the right lower corner of the plate.