Winslow Homer's Fly Fishing valued at $120,000

Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake, an etching by Winslow Homer, will headline a prints and drawings sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

The work is expected to sell for around $80,000-120,000. It's one of only six copies to come up for auction over the past three decades.

Winslow Homer etching
Winslow Homer worked as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly

Homer (1836-1910) spent much of his early career working as an illustrator for magazines like Harper's Weekly and Ballou Pictorial.

Later on he established himself as a painter and built up a popular following.

Swann explains: "Despite being best known for his paintings and watercolors, Homer was deeply indebted to his beginnings as a draughtsman, which profoundly informed his works.

Homer etched eight plates between 1884 and 1889, all based on his popular marine paintings.

"He abandoned etching around 1889, partly due to its lack of profitability; Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake was likely his final etching, as well as his most experimental, a culmination of his years spent perfecting the medium," adds Swann.

Other lots in the sale include James AM Whistler's Nocturne: Palaces, which carries an estimate of $70,000-100,000.

The lot was inspired by Whistler's time in Venice. It was first exhibited in London in 1883.

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