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Title:: Laburnums and Battersea Year:: 1889-98
Artist: Roussel, Theodore Casimir After:  
Medium: etching Provenance:
Period: British 19th Century School/Style:
Catalogs: Roussel & Mackay 35;
Hausberg 34 v/v;
Rutter p. 70, No. 43, plate XXV;
Price: $3,500.00
Description: Superb impression with carefully modulated plate tone on laid japan paper, trimmed to the platemark by the artist and signed in pencil on the tab. There were 40 impressions of the final state (with the etched signature) and 21 proof impressions of the preceding trial states. This is one of Roussel's largest and most impressive plates. The view is from Chelsea looking towards Battersea and the Italianate tower of the Morgan Crucible Company. Old Battersea Bridge had been torn down in 1879 and the new bridge had not yet been constructed. The print combines the Whistlerian fascination with London industrial landscape with the atmospheric presentation of his Venetian etchings and yet is clearly a composition by Roussel and not by Whistler.

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