Signed and dated on the plate, l.r.: Whistler / 1861. Inscribed on verso, in pencil, l.l.: The Storm. W.77. "A scarce drypoint" Wedmore Inscribed in pencil on verso, l.r.: Rawlinson collection Collection (no mark): W.G. Rawlinson
A stormy and blustery landscape dominates the scene; at the lower left corner, a man with a moustache leans into the wind, clutching his coat in front of him with his right hand and holding his hat in place with his left hand. The landscape is flat and largely open; small groups of trees are visible in the distance and dark lines in the sky represent clouds and squall lines. In the center of the image are faint diagonal lines "cancelling" the plate.
Whistler's friend and fellow artist, Mathew White Ridley, served as the model for the man in this image. The low horizon line and wide proportion of the plate suggest that Whistler had Rembrandt's landscape etchings in mind when he drew this plate.
This image is quite rare: there are only four impressions taken from the plate prior to the cancellation lines and the richness of the drypoint in this impression indicates that it was also a very early impression.
Signed, in pen, l.r.: Liliane De Cock On verso, u.l.: 51 Sticker, c.: $40 Stamp. c.: PHOTOGRAPH BY LILIANE DE COCK On verso, c., stamp with information filled in by artist: TITLE Windmill--Storm near Santa Fe, New Mexico CREDIT DATE 1965 FILM 4x5 (Polaroid 55 P/N negative)