|Size:||126 x 74 mm|
|Set/Publication:||Fine Art Society|
|No. of States:||1|
|Catalogues:||K.112; M.111; W.98|
|Impressions taken from this plate (10)|
16: Dowdeswell's to C. A. Howell, [January 1880], GUW #02856.
17: Brown to Whistler, 31 January 1880, GUW #01107.
18: M. B. Huish to Whistler, 5 February 1880, GUW #01108.
After Whistler's death, an impression was shown in the comprensive Memorial Exhibition at the Grolier Club, New York in 1904 and another one from the collection of King Edward VII () was shown in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 21
SALES & COLLECTORS
When it was published by Messrs Dowdeswell, Tatting does not seem to have sold very well. Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) commented dismissively that both Tatting and Reading a Book  'have little value'. 23 In 1881 an impression was for sale by the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £1.1.0. 24
However, major collectors like Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (), Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) () and Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) () later acquired impressions.
One from the Royal collection, shown in the Whistler Memorial show of 1905, was sold in the following year through Messrs Agnew and Messrs Obach & Co. in London to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, and acquired by John Henry Wrenn (1841-1911), whose widow bequeathed it to the Art Institute of Chicago (). 26