The Piano

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 144
Date: 1875-1877
Medium: drypoint and open bite
Size: 236 x 160 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 7
Known impressions: 26
Catalogues: K.141; M.139; W.117
Impressions taken from this plate  (26)
The Piano probably dates from 1875. The butterfly signature is consistent with these dates. It was first recorded and sold in the spring of 1875. 1

The date '75' is written on an impression of the second state, but it is not certain that it was written by Whistler (Graphic with a link to impression #K1410201); it may have been signed in 1875 and does not necessarily prove the etching dated originally from 1875.

1: Whistler to W. C. Alexander, [March/April 1875?], GUW #07573.

Works of similar date include The Scotch Widow [147], Fanny Leyland [135], Elinor Leyland [137], Florence Leyland [136], Agnes [146], The Little Velvet Dress [119] and The Silk Dress [151].