James McNeill Whistler
American (1834 - 1903) Primary
La Salute: Dawn1886
4 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (12.38 cm x 20 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
In 1879, Whistler was commissioned to do a series of etchings in Venice, and following his relocation to London at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War (1870), he also produced etchings and lithographs depicting English landscapes and architecture.
"Salute: Dawn" is a panoramic view of the city of Venice, including the church of Santa Maria della Salute, from across an expanse of water. San Marco and several bell towers, as well as a gondola and a sailing ship, can also be seen in the image. Whistler produced several etchings depicting the same subject at different times of the day. His characteristic signature – a monogram of his initials within an abstract butterfly – appears at the left. The print hung in the Blue Room of the Deanery along with other etchings by Whistler and several works of the French master, Charles Meryon.
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- cityscapes, townscapes, and village scenes
- etchings - Prints made from an etched printing plate, which is a metal plate on which a design is made by coating the plate with an acid-resistant substance, creating a design in the coating, and then exposing the plate to acid, which etches the plate where the metal is exposed. For designs incised directly into a copper plate using a burin or graver, use "engravings (prints)."
- seascapes and water scenes
- Prints of Whistler and Haden from the Bryn Mawr College Collections Bryn Mawr College , Mar 14, 1988 – Mar 30, 1988
- Sheet Dimensions: 4 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (12.383 x 20.003 cm)
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