The Dray Horse

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 292
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 84 x 52 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.247; M.436
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


The Dray Horse was not published.


It was not, as far as is known, exhibited in Whistler's life time. An impression was shown in New York by H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2470103), bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), and lent to the exhibition at the Grolier Club in 1904. 12

12: New York 1903b (cat. no. 243); New York 1904a (cat. no. 347).


Whistler sold impressions to London print dealers first: to Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) on 17 May and 22 August 1887 and two to Messrs Dowdeswell on 27 July 1887 at £3.3.0 each. 13 He then sold an impression on 3 May 1888 through the New York print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. to Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912) for £4.4.0. 14 Wunderlich's also sold an impression to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) on 20 March 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2470103), and Obach's in London sold Freer another on 11 July 1903 - a few days before Whistler's death (Graphic with a link to impression #K2470102).

13: GUW #13011, #13089, #08677.

14: Wunderlich's to Whistler, GUW #07158.