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William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching
William Merritt Chase "Keying Up - The Court Jester" original etching
Medium: original etching. Executed in 1879, this is a rich, dark impression on chine-collé paper, apart from the standard edition on laid paper. The etched image measures 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches; the plate measures 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (our photo does not show the platemark). Condition: minor foxing to the margins. Signed in the plate, not hand-signed.

The artist executed an earlier painting of the same composition; the painting is lighter and more whimsical, with the jester wearing a red suit and an impish grin as he pours himself a drink before performing ("keying up"). The etching is done in the reverse direction and has a darker, moodier quality. The Court Jester is considered to be William Merritt Chase's most important etching.
William Merritt Chase "The Smoker" etching | Portrait of Frank Duveneck
William Merritt Chase "The Smoker" etching (Portrait of Frank Duveneck
Medium: etching (etched by William Unger in 1879 after the William Merritt Chase painting). This is a classic and well known William Merrit Chase portrait of fellow artist Frank Duveneck, printed on laid paper. Size: 9 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches (plate); 250 x 144mm. Signed in the plate (not by hand).

Condition: there is age-toning to the paper and wear to the margins.