St James's Park

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 250
Date: 1885
Medium: etching
Size: 68 x 100 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.255; M.251; W.207
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


St James's Park was not published.


It was rarely exhibited, and first appeared in several print dealers' shows, at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York, in 1898 (when it was called 'In the Park, London'), and 1903, and at Obach & Co. in London, also in in 1903. 12

After Whistler's death, an impression was exhibited in the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904 and one was lent by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 13

12: New York 1898 (cat. no. 215); New York 1903b (cat. no. 167) London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 177).

13: New York 1904a (cat. no. 215); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 207).


Whistler priced it at £3.3.0. He sold one impression to the London print dealer Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) in 1887, and one to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York in 1888, which was intended for Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912). 14 It may not have reached Winans, or it may have been sold again by him, because it could be the impression acquired by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) and later by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), and given to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC (Graphic with a link to impression #K2550106).

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from F. Keppel & Co. in 1902 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2550103), which was bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art; and Harry Brisbane Dick (1855-1916) bought one, which passed after his death to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K2550105).

Although about 1890 the artist noted that he had only one in stock, two impressions came with his estate to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K2550104, Graphic with a link to impression #K2550107).

14: 5 October 1887, GUW #13014; G. Dieterlen to Whistler, 3 May 1888, #07158; Whistler, list, [1890/1891], #13236.