A tool called a roulette was used in the background of this print. A roulette is a metal wheel with a random pattern of projecting sharp points. The roulette is rolled over the ground of the copper plate to produce a tight pattern of dots. When heavily inked, as this print was, it produces a print with dense areas of tone. This print reproduces Whistler’s self-portrait painted in oil and now in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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- Titles James McNeill Whistler (Proper)
- Artist Henri Charles Guérard, French, 1846 - 1897
- Medium etching with roulette (state unknown)
- Dimensions sheet: 14 × 9 5/8 in. (35.6 × 24.4 cm) plate: 12 15/16 × 8 13/16 in. (32.9 × 22.4 cm) image: 8 11/16 × 7 5/16 in. (22.1 × 18.6 cm) mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Frazier, 1982.243
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Signature Collector's stamp, recto, bottom margin center, in red ink: [two intersecting circles with crosses through, inside circle, Lugt 1157] Stamp, recto, lower right, in red ink: Whistler [reproduction of Whistler's signature and butterfly mark]
- Marks Collector's stamp, recto, bottom margin center, in red ink: [two intersecting circles with crosses through, inside circle, Lugt 1157] Stamp, recto, lower right, in red ink: Whistler [reproduction of Whistler's signature and butterfly mark]
- Inscription Recto, in plate, lower left corner, in artist's hand: Whistler [artist's hand] In plate, below image left: -H. Guerard .SC. Bottom right corner, in pencil: [illeg., partially erased] Verso, bottom left corner, in pencil, oriented upside down: 150 00[superscript] Bottom left edge, in pencil: AL 10-25-82 150.-
- Provenance Artist Henri-Charles Guérard (1846-1897), Paris [see note 1], 1888. Mr. Samuel H. Frazier and Mrs. Carol Frazier, Birmingham, Alabama; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1982
1. Lugt 1157