Sketches of a Girl and a Woman

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 153
Date: 1875/1876
Medium: drypoint
Size: 178 x 133 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.122; M.128; W.108
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


An impression was printed possibly with the intention of publishing it with a set of cancelled etchings (Graphic with a link to impression #K1220201). However, it was not included in the album of the 'Cancelled Set' as published by the Fine Art Society, London, in 1879.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime. An impression was shown at the Whistler Memorial exhibition in London in 1905. 3

3: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 107).


The only known impression was originally owned by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1220102). He may have bought it directly from the artist when he was helping print the Venetian etchings in the early 1880s. It was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1903.