Maud, Standing

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 169
Date: 1876-1878
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 228 x 152 mm
Signed: butterfly at right (7-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 16
Known impressions: 13
Catalogues: K.114; M.113; W.99
Impressions taken from this plate  (13)


Maud, Standing was never published.


It is possible that the title has been confused with that of other portraits of Maud Franklin, because it seems to have been surprisingly rarely exhibited. An impression was lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to an exhibition in Chicago organised by the Caxton Club in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K1141202). 12

Others were for sale in exhibitions by print dealers, Obach & Co. in London (possibly Graphic with a link to impression #K1140102, Graphic with a link to impression #K1140202 and Graphic with a link to impression #K1140401) and H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1903. 13

Impressions also appeared in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, several states being shown at the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904, and individual prints lent by Thomas Jefferson Coolidge jr (1863-1912) to the Boston show in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140z01) and by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) to the London Memorial in 1905. 14

12: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 93); see REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

13: New York 1903b (cat. no. 81); 'Whistler Etchings', Morning Post, 7 November 1903 (GUL PC 21/7).

14: New York 1904a (cat. nos. 105a, b, c, d); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 79); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 99).


Whistler sold one impression of 'Miss Franklin', which was probably this etching, to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) for £6.6.0 on 17 May 1886 and another on 1 November 1886, although this could have been The Letter (Maud, seated) [116]. 15

15: Whistler to McLean, GUW #13011, #13010.

Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938) owned two early impressions, which were sold through Obach & Co. in 1903 16 and bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140102, Graphic with a link to impression #K1140202). Freer bought another impression that had been in the collection of John Caldwell (fl. 1887-1907) in 1898 (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140202). Another impression from two distinguished collections, those of Albert W. Scholle (1860-1917) and Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), was bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140502). A working proof of a later state was also bought by Rosenwald (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140903), who gave both to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Other early collectors included Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) and Thomas Jefferson Coolidge jr (1863-1912) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140z01) and Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1140z03).

16: Morning Post, 26 October 1903 (GUL PC 21/6).