The Little Pool
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||104 x 127 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at right centre|
|Inscribed:||'1861 -' at lower left (1-8); 'The Works of James Whistler : Etchings and Dry Points, are on View at E. Thomas' Publisher. / 39. Old Bond Street.' across the bottom (1-8); erased (9)|
|Set/Publication:||'Thames Set', 1871|
|No. of States:||9|
|Catalogues:||K.74; M.73; T.48; W.72|
|Impressions taken from this plate (76)|
It was sold to the British Museum in 1872 as 'Title intended for the Thames Set; scene on the Thames'. 16
16: B.M. Print Room Register of Purchases ... 1872.
It was included in print dealer's exhibitions such as those of Craibe Angus in Glasgow in 1879, Obach & Co. in London (1903) and both F. Keppel & Co. (1902) and H. Wunderlich & Co. (1898, 1903) in New York. In these a wide range of different states was on show. In fact Keppel showed four states, Obach showed a 'Trial proof' and 'Finished State' and Wunderlich showed three states in 1898 and four in 1903. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought two of these exhibits in 1898 (, ). 20
Impressions were also shown in the principal Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, including six different states shown at the Grolier Club in 1904, some lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919). 21 Others were exhibited in Paris and London in 1905, the latter lent by King Edward VII. 22
SALES & COLLECTORS
The etching fetched fairly low prices at auction. A 'proof on Japanese paper, before the address was taken out' (which could have been any state from the first to eighth) was sold from the collection of Arthur Thomas (dates unknown), in 1873 and bought by Colnaghi's for £1.15.0, but two separate states, from the important collection of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), fetched only £0.14.0 in 1892. 23
More usually, The Little Pool was sold in the complete 'Thames Set'. Prices for the set ranged from £11.0.0 to £19.0.0. 24 By the end of the century the price had escalated; a set was sold on 13-4 July 1897 (lot 315) at Christie's, the property of Mrs Edward Fisher, for £29.0.0 to Parsons, an art dealer.
23: Sotheby's, 23 June 1873 (lot 133) bought by Colnaghi; 3 March 1892, lot 124 bought by 'Blunt' and lot 125 by Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836).
24: i.e. Sotheby's, 31 May 1877 (lot 5391), £14.0.0, bought by 'Smith'; Christie's, 30 March 1878 (lot 495), £18.18.0, Fine Art Society; and ex Thomas Taylor (1817-1880)'s collection, Christie's, 8 March 1881 (lot 456), £11.11.0.