The Ramparts, Sandwich

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 324
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 128 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.309; M.304
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


The Ramparts, Sandwich was never published.


Both Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090102) and Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090103) lent impressions to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900. 8 In addition an impression was for sale and on show at Obach's in London in 1903. 9

Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to two of the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, in Boston in 1904 and London in 1905. 10

8: Chicago 1900 (cat. nos. 246 and 246a). See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

9: London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 226).

10: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 198); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 274).


Whistler sold an impression in February 1888 to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), for £8.8.0. 11 He sold another on 6 April 1891 to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for the same price. 12 This was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090103). Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) also owned an impression in 1891 but it has not been identified. 13

Other collectors included Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916), who almost certainly bought it from Wunderlich's (stock number a 27493) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090102); John Henry Wrenn (1841-1911) and later, Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090104); and Alice C. Holden (m. 1889) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3090101).

11: GUW #13018.

12: GUW #13097.

13: Kennedy Ledgers, Colby College, Maine.