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Walter Greaves

1846 – 1930

Tinnie by Walter Greaves

Tinnie   c.1877

  Original etching and drypoint.
S 290 x 227 mm; P & I 227 x 113 mm
Original Walter Greaves etching and drypoint.

Very rare early trial proof impression.

No other artist was as heavily influenced by Whistler and his style than Walter Greaves. The close association between the Greaves brothers and their neighbour, Whistler is well documented and it is clear that the attachment which Walter developed for everything associated with Whistler bordered on obsession.

Walter Greaves's work as a printmaker is known primarily through his Chelsea views which were reprinted in portfolios on a number of occasions; however, his most sensitive and truly Whistlerian work is in his rare portrait etchings and drypoints. Only a very few proofs of these works were ever printed, apparently for his own personal interest alone. This early studio proof impression of ‘Tinnie’ is one of the very few examples of these works now known.

‘Tinnie’ was the nickname for Alice Fay Greaves, Walter’s younger sister.

On cream wove paper with full margins. Generally very good condition for a proof of this nature.