Signed and dated in black ink beneath l.r. corner of image: Christian Vogt 81 Numbered and inscribed in black ink beneath l.l. corner of image: 24/35 Regina Stamped in black ink, verso center bottom: c [c is encircled] Christian Vogt Portfolio 1981
A long-stem wine glass is seen brightly lit from above and set against a dark, undescribed background. The glass stands on a shallow footed metal tray.
Whistler spent time in London with his half-sister Deborah and her husband, the surgeon Francis Seymour Haden. Although Whistler had learned the mechanics of etching in the United States, under the tutelage of his brother-in-law Whistler had access to Haden's large and fine collection of Old Master and contemporary prints (including 139 Rembrandts) through which Whistler could examine the artistic potentials of etching. Haden and Whistler worked together in these early days, often etching the same scene and then proofing the plates on Haden's printing press. "The Wine Glass" is an early etching, probably drawn at the Hadens' house, and shows the young artist taking on the kind of challenge that he would have admired in Rembrandt's work, e.g. Rembrandt's etching "The Shell". Here, however, Whistler tries to do one better; the reflective and translucent properties of glass, complete with air bubbles, is a particularly difficult challenge but are masterfully handled.