The Boy (Charlie Hanson)

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 145
Date: 1875/1876
Medium: drypoint
Size: 226 x 150 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (2-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 8
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.135; M.133; W.109
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)
Etching: PK135_01 (plate)
The copper plate has no maker's mark. It is close in size to Battersea Morn [174] and A Lady wearing a hat with a feather [118].
It is not known if this plate was sold at Whistler's bankruptcy sale, bought by the Fine Art Society, and retrieved, after Whistler's death, with other plates from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) by Whistler's sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). At the request of Miss Philip, three impressions were printed in 1931 by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956), who commented that the plate was 'greatly worne' [sic]. 7 The plate was then cancelled with a diagonal line just above the bottom edge. It was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

7: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 344, 351-352.