Rainy Night, Charing Cross Shops
Joseph Pennell was an active and internationally celebrated figure in the etching revival: he helped to establish the Philadelphia Society of Etchers in 1880, produced more than nine hundred etchings during his career, and authored numerous publications about printmaking. He is also known as one of James McNeill Whistler’s most ardent followers; Pennell befriended the elder artist after moving to London in 1884. His debt to Whistler is evident in the Japanese characteristics of his work, such as the high vantage point of this downtown London street scene.
Etching in black ink on thin, handmade, cream-colored laid paper (with a watermark)
Sheet: 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (34.9 x 24.1 cm)
Image: 10 15/16 x 8 3/8 in. (27.8 x 21.3 cm) (show scale)
Watermark in the form of a fleur-de-lis enclosed in a circle with "M" just below is in the center of the sheet.
Signed below image in center, in pencil: "Jo Pennell [imp?]"
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Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926). Rainy Night, Charing Cross Shops, 1903. Etching in black ink on thin, handmade, cream-colored laid paper (with a watermark), Sheet: 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (34.9 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 23.129 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 23.129_PS1.jpg)
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