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"Fifth of November" November 1895

Unmounted (1) s. in stone with butterfly; u.r.
(2) stamp; v. square stamp of Rosalind Birnie Philip CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903) PRINT WAY, Thomas Robert; (English; 1861-1913) Whistler made this sketch during the November 5th celebrations of Guy Fawkes Day during his stay in Lyme Regis, Dorset, during the autumn of 1895. Always intrigued by nocturnal illumination and the effects of firelight, the artist had the opportunity to explore both themes in this lithographic drawing. Whistler sent the drawing to be transferred and printed by Thomas Way, and when he received the first proofs he was pleased with the results. This lithograph was printed by Thomas Way. (See also GLAHA 49439-49441/49602-49615/49870).
Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.