Gondola under a Bridge

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 227
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 295 x 201 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.227; M.224
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


Gondola under a bridge was not published.


It was very rarely exhibited. The first recorded exhibition was in 1903 when an impression was shown by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York. 5

After Whistler's death an impression was shown in the comprehensive exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and one at the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in Boston, in the same year. 6

5: New York 1903b (cat. no. 238).

6: New York 1904a (cat. no. 204); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 158).


Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909) acquired an impression from Whistler in Venice; later it was given by Atherton Curtis (1863-1944) to the Cabinet des estampes, Bibliothèque nationale de France (Graphic with a link to impression #K2270102). Thomas Way (1837-1915), Whistler's lithographic printer in London, owned one, which he sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1905, and which was bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K2270202). The only other known impression is in a private collection.