Exhibitions held during Whistler's lifetime are included, and the catalogue numbers and titles are given wherever known; the lenders and identity of exhibited etchings is also given wherever known. Sources of information include the extant catalogues, press cuttings, documents and published records. The catalogues have been used to track the provenance of individual prints and the general history of a particular etching in the art market of the time. Later catalogues have only been included if they contain essential information on particular prints or analysis of the etching. It is understood that these later catalogues reflect changing tastes, and the particular knowledge and opinions of individual writers. Exhibitions are discussed under HISTORY: EXHIBITIONS and listed in chronological order in REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
Whistler's one-man exhibitions are included if they contained etchings and drypoints. Thus the first one-man show, at the Pall Mall Gallery in 1874, is included, but his retrospective painting show , Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon et Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, is not.
Exhibitions at Clubs and Societies
Exhibitions during Whistler's lifetime are included, and the lenders and exhibits identified where possible.
Shown at 81st exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1863 (cat. no. 2758).
Whistler exhibited his prints in a number of smaller clubs and larger societies, from the select shows of the Mr. Whistler's Etchings, Hogarth Club, London, 1887, the exhibitions of the Society of British Artists (particuarly during Whistler's presidency) to the major venue of the Royal Academy. Abroad he showed with Les XX in Brussels, the Nederlands Etsclub, and the Grolier Club in New York, as well as many other groups.
The Memorial Exhibitions held after Whistler's death are included, particularly those held in New York (the Grolier Club) and Boston (Copley Society) in 1904, and in London (the International Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers) and Paris in 1905, as well as in Rotterdam in 1906,
Print Dealer's Exhibitions
Exhibitions during Whistler's lifetime are included, particularly those of such art dealers as the Fine Art Society in London, F. Keppel & Co. and H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York. Sales after Whistler's death are only included if they include major collections, such as the sales of the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) at Wunderlich's in 1898.
Major public exhibitions such as the Salon and International Exhibitions held during Whistler's lifetime are included. Later exhibitions are only included if they provide important information and discussion of etchings and collections.