Shipping, Venice

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 217
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching
Size: 301 x 206 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.229; M.226
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


Shipping - Venice was not published.


No exhibition is known in Whistler's lifetime. It was shown - probably lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) - after the artist's death, in the comprehensive exhibition organised by the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2290203). 4

4: New York 1904a(cat. no. 207) 'Shipping - Venice'.


Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909) owned the impression of the first state reproduced by Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), and stamped it with his collector's mark prominently in the bottom right corner (Graphic with a link to impression #K2290101). Bacher helped Whistler to print his etchings in the summer of 1880, and acquired some early proofs at that time.
Only two impressions of the second state are known. One was bought from E. Gottschalk (dates unknown) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1907, and passed to the Freer Gallery of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K2290203). Another was acquired by the Daniel J. Terra Foundation in 1992 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2290202).