Venetian Court

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 189
Date: 1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 293 x 200 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.230; M.227
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


Venetian Court was not published.


This etching was rarely exhibited. It was shown twice by the print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1901 and 1903. 4

An impression was shown after Whistler's death, at the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904. Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression - probably bought from Wunderlich's - to two exhibitions in Boston, in 1904 and 1910 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2300101). 5


5: New York 1904a (cat. no. 203); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 156); Boston 1910 (cat. no. 169).


Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned an impression that was inscribed by Whistler '1st state' and 'Venice 1879' (Graphic with a link to impression #K2300101); it was sold through A.A. Hahlo & Co. of New York to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937); it was later owned by Emma Regina Martin (1921-2009) and Charles C. Cunningham (1910-1979).
Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) owned an impression of the second state, which was sold through Wunderlich's of New York to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2300202). Thomas Way (1837-1915), Whistler's London lithograph printer, owned the third state, which was also bought by Freer, in 1905 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2300302).