Baby Pettigrew

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 374
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 135 x 98 mm
Signed: butterfly to left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.341; M.336
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


Baby Pettigrew was not published.


It was exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898, and in 1903. 5 An impression - probably bought from Wunderlich's - was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410102). 6

Impressions also appeared after Whistler's death in the Memorial Shows at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in London, in 1905. 7

5: New York 1898 (cat. no. 287); New York 1903b (cat. no. 222).

6: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 280).

7: New York 1904a (cat. no. 333); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 308).


Whistler sold an impression in 1899 to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York for £3.3.0. 8 This may have been bought by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410102) or Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410106).

Whistler sold another to the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) in June 1903 for £10.10.0, the huge increase in price perhaps reflecting Dunthorne's awareness that Whistler was very ill. 9 This impression was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) a couple of months later (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410103).

Two impressions were inherited by Whistler's sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who bequeathed them to the University of Glasgow, which kept one (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410104) , and sold the other (Graphic with a link to impression #K3410105).

8: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 24 March 1899, GUW #07305.

9: 8 June 1903, GUW #13042.