Black Eagle

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 439
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 65 x 45 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.312; M.307
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


Black Eagle was never published.


It was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime, but was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and at the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 11

11: New York 1904a (cat. no. 395); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 369).


Whistler sold an impression on 6 April 1891 to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, for £2.2.0 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3120103); it was bought by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938). 12 The only other known impression remained in Whistler's studio until his death, and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who gave it to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) on 19 July 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3120102).

12: GUW #13097.