Besides his famous collection of Asian art, Charles Lang Freer was a friend and patron to American artist James MacNeil Whistler (1834-1903). He ended up owning hundreds of Whistler's works, including many drawings and etchings. I love Whistler's drawings and recently spent a happy hour perusing these on the web site of the Freer-Sackler Museum
. So, a sample. Above, Garden, Italy, 1879-1880.
The Dyer, 1879-1880.
Loches, Hotel de Ville, 1888.
Fruit Sellers, Venice, 1879-1880.
Nocturne, Palaces, 1879-1880.
Ponte del Piovan, 1879-1880.
Priest's House, Rouen, 1894.
Clock Tower, Amboise, 1888.
Doorway and Vine, 1879-1880.
Thanks, these are terrific. I'm going to the website to view more.
I loved these in person (those on view) when I visited in 2012.
Can't remember if you've spotlighted him before, but... Richard Parkes Bonington has a similar vibe to his cityscapes, and, if anything, he's even more sensitive of a draftsman.
Apples and Oranges of course, but if you liked those Whistlers, my guess is the Boningtons also will not disappoint.
I first saw a Bonington sketchbook at Bowood House in the UK--to me, it was one of those moments (as with the Whistler sketchbook) where I found myself instantly transported to the past, standing and looking over the man's shoulder as he made his visual notations, out on the street. Quite amazing.
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