|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||257 x 182 mm|
|Signed:||two butterflies at lower left (1); replaced with new butterfly (2-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'First Venice Set', 1880|
|No. of States:||9|
|Catalogues:||K.189; M.186; W.155|
|Impressions taken from this plate (51)|
To illustrate this etching in the 1883 catalogue Whistler chose several earlier press-reviews that criticised him for a lack of accuracy and care:
10: London FAS 1880 (cat. no. 12); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
11: 'Mr. Whistler's etchings ...', British Architect, 10 December 1880 (GUL PC 4/19).
12: Anon., unidentified press-cutting, [December 1880], GUL PC 4/15.
“A sort of transatlantic impudence in his cleverness.”
“His pictures do not claim to be accurate.” 13
13: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 45).
The etching was also shown at the Union League Club in New York in 1881 () lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), and it may have been exhibited by the New York Etching Club in 1882. 14 Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) lent an impression to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 15 Others appeared in International exhibitions in Berlin () and Philadelphia in 1881, Wolverhampton in 1902, and James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) lent an impression to the International Exhibition in Glasgow in 1901. 16
It was also for sale in print dealer's shows, particularly at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1883, 1898 and 1903, 17 and at Obach & Co. in London in 1903. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one from the 1898 Wunderlich show ().
After Whistler's death, impressions were shown at the RSA in Edinburgh in 1904, and in the Memorial Exhibitions, including the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and in Paris and London in 1905 - King Edward VII lent an impression to the London show. 18
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19: [17 June 1903], GUW #13042.
20: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 155).
21: Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892 (lot 244); Christie’s, 13-14 July 1897 (lot 302).