|Size:||157 x 222 mm|
|No. of States:||5|
|Catalogues:||K.223; M.220; W.194|
|Impressions taken from this plate (8)|
10: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 27). See REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.
11: Anon., 'Fine Art', Mr Whistler's Exhibition', Bazaar, 28 February 1883 (GUL PC6/43).
After Whistler's death, two impressions were shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904; Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent one of two shown at the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in Boston, also in 1904, and a fine inky 'first proof' was lent from the Royal Collection to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 (). 13
SALES & COLLECTORS
The first proof was acquired for the Royal Collection, and was sold in 1906 with the rest of that collection; it was bought by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) (). Other early collectors included Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), who owned an impression described as the 'finished plate', which was bought at auction after his death by the London print dealer, Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £3.0.0. 15 It is possible this was the very late impression, with rough, atmospheric inking, later owned by John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) ().
On 10 April 1893, Whistler sold one to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for £6.6.0. 16 It is not known who bought it, though one Wunderlich's client, buying a late, dramatically wiped impression, was Pauline Kohlsaat Palmer (1882-1956) (). Other early collectors in America included Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (). Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) did not get one until 1903, when he bought a very misty, atmospheric late impression from Wunderlich's (); then in 1907, he bought an earlier impression - a second state printed with rich burr - from F. Keppel & Co. ().