Binding the Hair

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 334
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 133 x 95 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.344; M.342
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


Binding the Hair was not published.


Being very rare it was rarely exhibited. It was first exhibited by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co., New York in 1898, and again in 1903. 5

Impressions were also shown after Whistler's death, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and at the Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 6

5: New York 1898 (cat. no. 286); New York 1903b (cat. no. 220)

6: New York 1904a (cat. no. 331); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 305).


Whistler sold impressions to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, for £3.3.0 in September 1897 and in 1900. 7 One of these was bought by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) or Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3440104). 8 The other might have been bought by Charles Deering (1852-1927) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3440102) or John Caldwell (fl. 1887-1907) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3440105) - the latter having also been owned at some time by Whittemore. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Obach & Co. in London in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3440103).

7: Wunderlich's to Whistler, GUW #07287; 6 April 1900, #07322.

8: Wunderlich stock no. a 44552.