Laburnums and Battersea

A work made of etching and drypoint in brown, with selective wiping of plate tone, on cream japanese paper.
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  • A work made of etching and drypoint in brown, with selective wiping of plate tone, on cream japanese paper.

Date:

1889/90 and 1898

Artist:

Theodore Roussel
French, worked in England, 1847-1926

About this artwork

For his early prints, Roussel adapted Whistler’s methods to express his own interest in documenting the local scene, and Laburnums and Battersea is a striking example of the older artist’s influence. As in Nocturne: Palaces, Roussel developed his plate through multiple states, used a variety of ink colors, and employed selective wiping to suggest differing effects of light, water, and mist. He also chose an upright format and a larger scale than his other prints depicting Chelsea and the Battersea factories on the opposite bank of the Thames River. In these etchings, both artists convey a clear sense of place. However, the atmosphere portrayed with printer’s ink in Whistler’s Venetian canal scene enhances the moody, Gothic character of the city, infusing his print with romanticism, while the variations in impressions of Roussel’s London view complement his straightforward, modern interest in the industrial topography of the riverside.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Theodore Roussel

Title

Laburnums and Battersea

Origin

England

Date

1889–1890

Medium

Etching and drypoint in brown, with selective wiping of plate tone, on cream Japanese paper

Dimensions

342 × 221 mm (image/plate); 421 × 272 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Meg and Mark Hausberg

Reference Number

2011.469

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