Murano - Glass Furnace
|Size:||161 x 238 mm|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.217; M.214; W.187|
|Impressions taken from this plate (7)|
'Murano - Glass Furnace' (1883, Fine Art Society). 1
'Murano - Glass Furnace' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 2
'Murano Glass Furnace' (1889, Whistler). 3
'Murano - Glass blowers. Venice' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4
'Murano Glass Works' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 5
'Glass-Furnace, Murano' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 6
The original title, 'Murano - Glass Furnace' is preferred, although Beatrice Whistler's version, specifying the actual workers, is an interesting alternative.
Glass furnace, Murano, 2005.
Photograph©M.F. MacDonald, Whistler Etchings Project.
Whistler apparently loved the subject but did not particularly like the glass. When he received a crystal flower from Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921), he wrote:
7: Grieve 2000[more], pp.72, 175.
(Translated: 'No! those glasses are no longer made in Murano! - It is three centuries since they forgot the joyous simplicity, the light solemnity, and the flight of imagination necessary to produce the little masterpiece which you send us from Paris').
9: Study for 'The Little Forge' (K.147) m0574, Sketch of 'The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites' m1417, Sketches of 'The Forge: Passage du Dragon' and 'The Smith: Passage du Dragon' m1450, r.: The Blacksmith's, Howth; v.: Horse in a stable m1619, r.: The Forge; v.: Smiths, Ajaccio m1679, The Flaming Forge, Ajaccio m1678.