The Bucking Horse, Wild West

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 295
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 84 x 185 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.315; M.309
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)


The Bucking Horse, Wild West was not published.


It was first exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, in 1898. 9 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) lent an impression to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150103) and bought another from a show at Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150104). 10 Another impression was shown by Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 11

After Whistler's death impressions were shown in comprehensive Memorial Exhibitions including the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and, lent by Messrs F. Keppel & Co. at the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 12

9: New York 1898 (cat. no. 218).

10: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 276); New York 1903b (cat. no. 212).

11: London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 232).

12: New York 1904a (cat. no. 240); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 290).


Whistler sold an impression under the title 'Wild West No. 2' on 17 November 1887 to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), for £10.10.0. 13 On 3 May 1888 he sold an impression to Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912) for the same price through H. Wunderlich & Co., New York. 14 He then sold Wunderlich's one in 1900 with the title 'Bucking horse, Wild West' at the lower price of £8.8.0 and finally, in 1901, sold them another for only £6.6.0. 15 Wunderlich's sold one - not necessarily this one - to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150104). Another early American collector was Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150102).

Whistler kept three impressions, which were bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). One of these she gave to Freer in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150103) although he already had one. The two others she bequeathed to the University of Glasgow, which retained one (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150105) and sold the other (Graphic with a link to impression #K3150107).

13: GUW #13016.

14: G. Dieterlen to Whistler, GUW #07158.

15: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 6 April 1900, GUW #07322; 16 April 1901, #07330.