Fumette, Standing

Impression: New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Number: 59
Date: 1859
Medium: drypoint
Size: 350 x 221 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right (2)
Inscribed: '1859.' at lower right (2)
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.56; M.56; T.61; W.50
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


There may have been plans to take impressions from the cancelled plate for publication in the set of cancelled etchings published by the Fine Art Society in 1879. However, after printing only one or two impressions, it was not included in the set as published. Only one impression from the cancelled proof is known (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560301).


The earliest exhibitions are not entirely certain, because of the similarity in title between this etching and Fumette [12]. 12


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent a 'Trial proof; very rare' to the Union League Club exhibition in New York in 1881 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560101). 13 H. Wunderlich & Co. exhibited an impression in 1898, which was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560202). 14 Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent a 'Trial proof before signature' to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club show in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560102), and to a show in Philadelphia in 1902. 15 In London, Obach & Co. showed another impression in 1903.

Impressions were also shown at the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, including two exhibited at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, one 'Before the signature' and the other, 'With the signature,"Whistler, 1859."' Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) lent to the Boston show in 1904, and John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) to the London Memorial in 1905. 16

13: New York 1881 (cat. no. 71)

14: New York 1898 (cat. no. 47).

15: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 47); Philadelphia 1902 (cat. no. 947 (50)).

16: New York 1904a (cat. no. 52, 52b); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 44); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 50).


The British Museum acquired a good impression, with prominent burr, in 1872 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560203). Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) probably acquired his first state around the same time (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560101).
At the sale of the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) in 1892 a 'first' and 'third state' were bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for £15.15.0 and £3.5.0 respectively. 17 A 'Très belle épreuve' of Fumette, Standing was sold at auction in the Goncourt sale at the Hotel Drouot in Paris on 30 April-1 May 1897 (lot 290).

17: Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892 (lots 104 and 105).

Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned a first state, which was later owned by Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) and finally Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560102) who gave it to the National Gallery of Art. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a fine, richly inked impression with strong burr, which had come from the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), in 1898 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560202) and which passed with his collection to the Freer Gallery of Art. Another second state was acquired, probably from Wunderlich's, by Pauline Kohlsaat Palmer (1882-1956) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0560204) and was later bequeathed by Arthur Macdougall Wood (d. 2007) to the Art Institute of Chicago.