Lot 725: Whistler (John, 1830-1897, attrib.). Study of broom, potato basket, pitcher and lamp in corner of sunlit brick courtyard, 1850s, salt print, 25.5 x 22cm, contemporary card mount, spotted, horizontal centre crease not affecting image. Whistler was a prosperous builder and decorator from the village of Sherborne St. John, near Basingstoke in Hampshire. He took up photography in the 1850s, his only extant works being salt prints dating from this period, mainly cottage and rural scenes. He was the grandfather of the artist, Rex and Laurence Whistler. The Getty Museum hold an image of a girl leaning in the doorway of a brick farmhouse, the brick floor, broom, potato basket and pitcher featured in this photograph appearing identical. (1)
Dominic Winter's Antiques & Fine Art Auction October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
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