Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||152 x 90 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1858' at lower right (5)|
|No. of States:||5|
|Catalogues:||K.23; M.23; T.31; W.17|
|Impressions taken from this plate (80)|
No other exhibition is known until 1874, when an impression was included in Whistler's one man exhibition in London, and another travelled to Liverpool and elsewhere with a touring exhibition of the collection of James Anderson Rose (1819-1890). 18 An impression was shown at the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888, lent by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) and shown under the title 'The Rag Shop' (probably ). 19
Other impressions appeared in print dealer's shows, particularly at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought two impressions from the 1898 show (, ). 20 Two different states were shown by Obach & Co. in London, also in 1903.
Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris was exhibited by private clubs, for collectors and connoisseurs, at the Union League Club in New York in 1881, lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (, ) and the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). 21
After Whistler's death, two impressions were lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in Boston in 1904, and one by King Edward VII to the Memorial show in London in 1905. 22 Four different states were shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and a single impression in Paris, 1905. 23
19: Glasgow 1888 (cat. no. 2552-28)
20: New York 1898 (cat. no. 16); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
SALES & COLLECTORS
In an instructional film for Sears-Roebuck employees, Vincent Price described (in his seductive voice, with undertones of Edgar Allen Poe, and Roger Corman's The Raven) his acquisition of some 2000 words, saying 'There is no excitement in the world like the excitement of owning an original work of art' and art is 'the ultimate in home furnishing!' 25
The Collection included numerous impressions of Whistler's Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris, sold under the title 'Rag Gatherers'. Many of these have been sold through sale-rooms, art- dealers more recently and can be viewed online.
Most have the original Vincent Price Collection labels on the backboard. The impression reproduced above - possibly bought in Winnipeg, Canada in the early 1960s - has the Sears stock number GE 15805. Another, with the stock number GE 15897, was originally priced at $25; it was sold in 2008 by Myers Fine Art in Florida. 26 Another with stock number GE 16376 was at the Kodner Galleries, Palm Beach in 2010; 27 Another was sold by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., Hillsborough NC, in 2009; the lot included this etching, under the title 'Little Rag Gatherers', and La Vieille aux Loques , both from the Vincent Price Collection. 28
Other impressions from the Vincent Price Collection were made by the Apple Tree Auction Centre, July 2004 (Lot 5345); Weschler's, Washington DC in 2011 (Lot 746), Bonhams, San Francisco, in 2004, and many more art dealers and auction houses. 29
24: http:// www.searsarchives.com (accessed February 2012).
25: 'The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art' in Classic TV Commercials, http://www.archive.org (acc. Feb. 2012).
26: 30 Nov. 2008 (Lot 46), listed in http://www.auctionflex.com (acc. Feb. 2012).
27: http://www.kodner.com/ catalogue/ 041410 No.52 (acc. Feb. 2012).
28: 13-14 June 2009 (Lot 536) at http://www.auctionflex.com (acc. Feb. 2012).
29: http://www.artfact.com (accessed Feb. 2012).Bonhams, 19 Oct. 2004 (Lot 70) at http://www.bonhams.com (acc. Feb. 2012).