The Embroidered Curtain
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||239 x 161 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||10|
|Impressions taken from this plate (27)|
Impressions were included in several international exhibitions, including the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, lent by Walter Steuben Carter (1824-1904). 27 One was shown by the International Society of Sculptors, painters and Gravers in London in 1899, when Whistler was President. An art critic remarked: 'This master of the etched line - in my opinion - the greatest we have yet had - almost surpasses himself in four or five of these things. His line has never been more musical, more deft, more palpitating than in its magic of movement in the "Amsterdam", or the "Embroidered Curtain". 28
An impression was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago in 1900 (). 29 Yet another fine impression was sent by Whistler to the International exhibition in Dresden in 1901 (), being bought from the show by the Kupferstich-kabinett and shown again in the following year. 30 Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his late impression to the annual show at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1902 (). 31
Finally impressions appeared in the Whistler Memorial shows after the artist's death; including four different impressions shown at the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904, one at the Boston show in 1904 (lent by Carter), one in Paris in 1905, and one lent by Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt (1871-1942) to the London show in 1905. 32
27: Chicago 1893 (cat.no. 2264 (1685)).
28: 'Some Thoughts at the "International" ... ', St Paul's, 27 May 1899 (GUL PC17/61).
31: Philadelphia 1902 (cat. no. 947 ).
SALES & COLLECTORS
34: 28 April 1890, GUW #01501.
36: GUW #03989.
37: 21 July , GUW #13048.
41: GUW #13239.
43: GUW #13040.