Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother

A work made of mezzotint in black on cream china paper, laid down on cream wove paper (chine collé).
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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on cream china paper, laid down on cream wove paper (chine collé).

Date:

1879

Artist:

Richard Josey (English, 1840-1906)
after James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)

About this artwork

Charles Augustus Howell, a cunning entrepreneur as well as a friend of Whistler, commissioned Richard Josey to create this mezzotint of Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 in 1878. Whistler was struggling financially and hoped that the sale of the print would generate funds at the same time that he was using the painting itself as collateral against badly needed loans. A process that reached its apogee in 18th-century England, mezzotint printmaking involves a subtractive process of burnishing away the rough surface of a metal plate gradually to reveal highlights. The subtle gradations of black and gray that Josey could achieve using this medium reinforced Whistler’s harmonic composition of muted tones.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Richard Josey

Title

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother

Origin

England

Date

1891–1906

Medium

Mezzotint in black on cream China paper, laid down on cream wove paper (chine collé)

Dimensions

315 × 352 mm (image); 438 × 441 mm (plate); 424 × 427 mm (primary support); 530 × 638 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1565

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