The Little Mast
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||269 x 189 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper right|
|Set/Publication:||'First Venice Set', 1880|
|No. of States:||8|
|Catalogues:||K.185; M.182; W.151|
|Impressions taken from this plate (50)|
The copper plate has no maker's mark. It was a different size from any other plate and may have been made for Whistler in Venice. 6
6: Getscher 1970 .
The Little Mast was published in Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings (the 'First Venice Set') by the Fine Art Society, London, in 1880. It was first cancelled with diagonal lines, and then with a large butterfly surrounded by radiating lines.
In 1902 the cancelled copper plate was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bequeathed it to the Freer Gallery of Art. 7
7: Acc. No. 1902.130.