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The Little Mast

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 196
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 269 x 189 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'First Venice Set', 1880
No. of States: 8
Known impressions: 50
Catalogues: K.185; M.182; W.151
Impressions taken from this plate  (50)


  • Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 185), 'The Little Mast'.
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. no. 182), 'The Little Mast'.
  • Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886 (cat. no. 151), 'The Little Mast'.

EXHIBITIONS 1855- 1905

  • Etchings and Dry Points, The Union League Club, New York, 1881 (cat. nos. 156-167) 'View in Venice'.
  • Ausstellung der Maler-Radierungen französischer und englischer Künstler der Neuzeit, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1881 (cat. no. 707) 'Der Traghetto von Venedig'. The inventory books in Berlin show that the titles of the etchings were sometimes confused.
  • [Exhibition], Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1881.
  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 46) 'The Little Mast'.
  • 50 Etchings and Drypoints (Venice Second Series), H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1883 (cat. no. 46) 'The Little Mast'.
  • [Exhibition of the First Venice Set], The Fine Art Society, London, 1892 (no catalogue).
  • Mr Whistler's Venice Etchings and the Defaced Coppers, Robert Dunthorne's Gallery, Liverpool, 1893.
  • Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898 (cat. no.130) 'The Little Mast'.
  • An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900 (cat. no. 132) 'The Little Mast'.
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 229) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Art and Industrial Exhibition, Wolverhampton, 1902 (cat. no. 130) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Exhibition of Etchings by James McNeill Whistler, Obach and Co., London, 1903 (cat. no. 125) 'The Little Mast'.
  • A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 114) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904 (cat. no. 152) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Etchings, Dry Points, And a few Drawings by Whistler, Frederick Keppel and Co., New York, 1904 (cat. no. 65) 'The Little Mast'.
  • 78th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1904 (cat. no. 559) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 151) 'The Little Mast'.
  • Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'École des Beaux-Art, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 353) 'Le petit mât - (The Little Mast)'.
  • Tentoonstelling van Aquarellen, Pastels, Teekingen, Etsen, Lithogaphien en een Schildrij door James McNeill Whistler, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1906 (cat. no. 62) 'The Little Mast'.

REVIEWS 1855- 1905

  • Anon., 'Art Notes', Liverpool Mercury, 18 March 1893.

GENERAL 1855-1905

  • Whistler, James McNeill, Caviare to the Critics, London, 1883 (cat. no. 46).
  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 103.


  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, pp. 127, 189, fig. 154.
  • Drawing Near. Whistler Etchings from the Zelman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (cat. no. 57a).
  • Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, pp. 193, 195, 281 (no. 208).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 84, 88, pl. 90.