Annie Haden with Books

Impression: New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Number: 6
Date: 1857/1858
Medium: etching
Size: 97 x 65 mm
Signed: 'J. W.' in reverse at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.8; M.10; T.-; W.2
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


It was not published.


The sole known impression of Annie Haden with books was lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) to an exhibition at the Union League Club in New York in 1881. It was exhibited beside Portrait of Whistler [5] with the comment, 'The only impressions known of these two plates, which are earlier than 1858' (Graphic with a link to impression #K0080101 and Graphic with a link to impression #K0070101). This was correct in respect to Annie Haden with books, although more impressions of the self-portrait have since been located. 10

It may have later been lent to H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 - although the latter was supposedly lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919). 11 It may be that there is some confusion here about who loaned what!

After Whistler's death an impression was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 12

10: New York 1881 (cat. no. 2); see REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

11: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 2)

12: New York 1904a (cat. no. 2); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 2).


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) showed the single known impression to Whistler in the early 1870s, possibly in 1873 or 1874, and the artist signed and annotated the sheet, stating that the impression was 'probably unique' (Graphic with a link to impression #K0080101).