Lot 400: WHISTLER, JAMES ABBOT MCNEILL, after. United States Military Academy. Song of the Graduates. Music by Apelles, Words by a Cadet.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: WHISTLER, JAMES ABBOT MCNEILL, after. United States Military Academy. Song of the Graduates. Music by Apelles, Words by a Cadet. Lithographed pictorial title wrapper, 4 pages of sheet music. Small folio, 13x9 3/4 inches, edges lightly toned, folio hinges reinforced with archival tissue, imprint partially trimmed at lower margin (as seen with examples in John Carter Brown Library, Metropolitan Museum, and National Gallery of Art.) New York: [Firth, Pond & Co.,] 1852
Notes: Whistler''s earliest lithographed work, depicting a lieutenant and a plebe in full uniform embracing with clasped hands, as a subtle view of the Hudson River recedes into the background. "And to West Point we''ll bid adieu, its scenes, its joys and cares, we go to meet, whate''er of these, futurity prepares." Early American Sheet Music page 100, plate 23.