Little Maunder's

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 273
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 83 x 52 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.279; M.274
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


Little Maunder's was not published.


No exhibition in Whistler's lifetime has been identified, but it was shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after his death, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, in London (lent by Ernest Brown & Phillips) and Paris in 1905, and in Rotterdam in 1906, lent by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790107 or Graphic with a link to impression #K2790104). 15

15: New York 1904a (cat. no. 325); Paris Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 422); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 299); Rotterdam 1906 (cat. no. 63).


After consulting the newly published catalogue by Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), Messrs Dowdeswell, London art dealers, requested impressions of a number of etchings in February 1887. 16 Three impressions of 'Little Chelsea Fish shop -' were sold by Whistler to Messrs Dowdeswell on 27 July 1887 for £3.3.0 each. 17

In 1897 the New York print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. bought '1 Little furniture shop Maunders', which is obviously a misleading title, and might be this etching or Furniture Shop [278]. 18

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) owned two similar impressions, both printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper. One had been bought under the title 'Gable - Little Maunders' from the collection of Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938) by Wunderlich's for £3.2.0 in 1903 and was sold in the same year to Freer (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790102). 19 Freer bought the other from Obach & Co., London, on 9 December 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790103).

Two impressions were still in Whistler's studio at his death, and were left to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who bequeathed both to the Hunterian Art Gallery (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790107, Graphic with a link to impression #K2790104).

Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned one impression (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790106), sold through A.A. Hahlo to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and later to Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), who gave it to the National Gallery of Art. One impression was acquired by Campbell Dodgson (1867-1948), who bequeathed it to the British Museum, London, 1949 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2790105).

16: Dowdeswell's to Whistler, 4 February 1887, GUW #00888.

17: Whistler to Dowdeswell's, GUW #08677.

18: [August 1897], GUW #07289.

19: Wunderlich's stock number 'a 38268'.