|Size:||230 x 153 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower left (2-final)|
|Inscribed:||'1860.' at lower left (2-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.64; M.64; T.52; W.61|
|Impressions taken from this plate (31)|
It was comparatively well-known, being shown in Liverpool and elsewhere with the collection of James Anderson Rose (1819-1890) in 1874 14 and then in a succession of exhibitions in New York (in 1881, 1898, 1903, 1904), as well as internationals at Chicago in 1893 (lent by Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)), Buffalo in 1901 and Philadelphia in 1902. 15 Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent three impressions, noted as 'very rare' including the 'First trial proof' to the Union League Club in 1881 (, , ). 16 An impression was shown at the Glasgow International Exhibition, 1888, lent by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924). 17 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought three impressions that had been exhibited together in Wunderlich's 1898 exhibition (, , ). 18 Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his fine, rich impression of the third state to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 and to the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts in 1902 (). 19
Impressions were also shown in the principal Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. Mrs Frank Gair Macomber lent an impression to the Boston Memorial in 1904 and an impression of the third state was lent by the Board of Education (it is now in the V&A) to the London Memorial show of 1905 (). 20
13: 'ART AND ARTISTS, Exhibition at the Royal Academy', The Critic ..., 11 May 1861, p. 606; London RA 1861 (cat. no. 974).
14: Liverpool 1874 (cat. no. 473)
15: Chicago 1893 (cat. no. 2230). See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
16: New York 1881 (cat. nos. 85, 86, 87).
17: Glasgow 1888 (cat. no. 2552-17)
18: New York 1898 (cat. no. 58).
19: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. E56).
SALES & COLLECTORS
Similarly, three different states were bought by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), one inscribed by the artist "1st state - 'Axenfeld' -" (, , ). This was about 1874, judging by the butterfly signature. They went with Avery's collection to form the basis of the Print Collection at New York Public Library.
21: V&A Register of Prints, p. 32.
22: Sotheby’s, 12 June 1877 (lot 103) bought by 'Marlland' [?]; 23 April 1887 (lot 406).