Ponte del Piovan
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||229 x 154 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at right|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.209; M.206; W.179|
|Impressions taken from this plate (40)|
Whistler delivered in all 1093 prints and was paid £2.10.6 for printing each dozen prints. 10
10: Dowdeswell to Whistler, invoice 16 July 1887, GUW #00891.
11: 'Mr Whistler's Venice', St James Gazette, 9 December 1880 (GUL PC15/13); London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 39).
Later print dealers' shows included H. Wunderlich & Co., in 1883, 1898 and 1903 in New York; Obach & Co., London, in 1903, F. Keppel & Co., also New York, in 1902 and 1904. 13
Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) lent an impression to the 1900 exhibition organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago (). 14 In the following year James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) lent one to the Glasgow International Exhibition. 15
After Whistler's death, impressions were shown at the principal Memorial Exhibitions, including two shown at the Grolier Club (one of which possibly lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)), New York; and,Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent an impression to the exhibition in Boston, both in 1904. 16 An impression was also shown at the London Memorial show in 1905. 17
SALES & COLLECTORS
At auction prices were much lower. One sold at Christie’s in 1888 for £1.10.0; and one from the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) sold in 1892 at Sotheby's for £1.2.0. 21
The whole set fetched a much higher average price: a set owned by Mrs Edward Fisher of Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot sold at Christie’s, 13-14 July 1897 (lot 316) to Colnaghi's for £82.0.0.