Little Chelsea (Memorial)

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 315
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 52 x 83 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.331; M.323; W.246
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


Little Chelsea (Memorial) was never published.


Rarely exhibited, an impression was, however, lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 as 'Little Chelsea' (Graphic with a link to impression #K3310102). 14

Other impressions were included in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, in New York in 1904, London and Paris in 1905. 15

14: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 255).

15: New York 1904a (cat. no. 265); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 246a); Paris Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 401).


Whistler sold impressions to the London print dealers, Messrs Dowdeswell in August 1887 and one to Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) in October at £5.5.0 each. 16

An impression from the important collection of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) was sold after his death, at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 320), to Frederick Keppel & Co., for £1.6.0; it was immediately bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bequeathed it to the Freer Gallery of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K3310102). Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned an atmospheric impression in brown ink, which was sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and later acquired by the Library of Congress (Graphic with a link to impression #K3310104). An impression from the collection of Atherton Curtis (1863-1944) was given to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 1943 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3310103).

16: Whistler to Dowdeswell's, 27 July 1887, GUW #08677; 18 and 24 August 1887, #13654, #00893; to McLean, 5 October 1887, #13014.