The Steamboat, Venice

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 212
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 264 x 185 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.228; M.225
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


The Steamboat, Venice was not published.


It was very rare and not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime as far as is known. After his death, it was exhibited at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent an impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in Boston in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2280202). 6

6: New York 1904a (cat. no. 205); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 157).


Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909) acquired an impression from Whistler in Venice and sold it to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2280203). Freer bought another from Thomas Way (1837-1915) in London in 1905 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2280102). Pauline Kohlsaat Palmer (1882-1956) acquired an early impression, which may have come from the London art dealer, Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929) (priced at £4.4.0), or from Knoedler's in New York (Graphic with a link to impression #K2280104). Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned an impression (which he thought was a 'first proof') possibly bought from H. Wunderlich & Co., by 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2280202).