Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 106
Date: 1872
Medium: drypoint
Size: 208 x 132 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.99; M.98; T.73; W.90
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


Fusco was not published.


According to Thomas, an impression was 'Exhibited by Mr. Whistler at the fifth Exhibition of the Society of French Artists, 168, New Bond Street, W., 1872. No. 138, called "An Etching."' 11

An impression was lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) to the Union League Club show in New York in 1881 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990101). 12 One was exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990105). 13 Another was lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990108). 14

After Whistler's death, an impression was exhibited in the comprehensive exhibition in the Grolier Club, New York, in 1904 and Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) lent his impression to the Memorial exhibition in London in 1905. 15

11: Thomas 1874 (cat. no. 73). See REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

12: New York 1881 (cat. no. 121).

13: New York 1898 (cat. no. 85).

14: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 85)

15: New York 1904a (cat. no. 94);London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 90).


An impression was sold by Whistler to Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) on 25 October 1877. 16

Early collectors included Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), who bought one in the 1870s (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990101); and - slightly later - Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), who bought what was probably the second print (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990107), which is now in the National Gallery of Australia. Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) bought what was probably the last impression from the sale of the collection of James Anderson Rose (1819-1890) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990108), and it was later acquired by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), then by Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and finally went to the Library of Congress.

16: Howell to Whistler, 6-15 November 1877, GUW #02178.

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought the fifth impression in 1898, and it was bequeathed with the rest of his collection to the Freer Gallery of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990105). Two impressions went to the Art Institute of Chicago, one from the collection of Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990102) and the other from Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913) (Graphic with a link to impression #K0990103).