The Sail

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 98
Date: 1863
Medium: drypoint
Size: 211 x 135 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.157; M.154
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


It was not published.


Only one exhibition is known, a print dealer's show, at H.Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1903 when an impression from the collection of Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) was sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1570102). 5

5: New York 1903b (cat. no. 249).


Only one impression of this print is recorded. It may first have been owned by Messrs Dowdeswell, and was acquired by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), around 1880. According to Kennedy, 'The butterfly was drawn by Whistler on this impression, after it was purchased from Mr Macgeorge.' 6 This impression was indeed signed with a pencil butterfly, which dates from about 1881. It was later owned by Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) and sold, after his death, at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 322), when it was bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for the tiny sum of £0.16.0. In 1903 it was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) from Wunderlich's in New York (Graphic with a link to impression #K1570102) and bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, which now contains many of the rarest of Whistler's prints.

6: Kennedy 1910 (cat. no. 157).