Little Dordrecht

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 260
Date: 1886
Medium: etching
Size: 95 x 132 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.243; M.240
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


It was not published.


No exhibitions are known in Whistler's lifetime. However, it was exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York in 1903, and at the Grolier Club, also in New York, in 1904. 7

7: New York 1903b (cat. no. 241); New York 1904a (cat. no. 295).


Whistler first sold two Dordrecht etchings ('Little Dordrecht' at £3.3.0 and 'Barges Dordrecht' (Barges, Dordrecht [262]) at £2.2.0, to Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), in 1886. 8

8: Whistler to McLean, [1 November 1886], GUW #13010.

Early collectors included Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) and Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2430107); Harry Brisbane Dick (1855-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2440106); Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2430102); and Franco's Gerard Waller (b. 1867) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2430108). Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought two, one from Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2430104) and another from Obach & Co. in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2430103).