Cameo, No. 2

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 460
Date: 1891
Medium: etching
Size: 178 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.348; M.334
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Cameo, No. 2 was not published.


It was exhibited first by H. Wunderlich & Co, New York, in 1898, and later by Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 9 Impressions were lent by both Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) and Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3480102 and Graphic with a link to impression #K3480103). 10

After Whistler's death, impressions were shown at the Memorial shows at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and by the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers in London in 1905. Lathrop lent his impression to the Whistler Memorial show in Boston in 1904. 11


10: Chicago 1900 (cat. nos. 236a, 236).

11: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 168); New York 1904a (cat. no. 234); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 311).


Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Dr James M. Hart in 1896 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3480103). Whistler sold an impression in September 1897 to H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York for £8.8.0. 12 This may have been the impression owned by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3480102). Another was sold by Wunderlich's in 1900 at the same price. 13 This may have gone to Pauline Kohlsaat Palmer (1882-1956) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3480z02). Whistler retained one, which was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), and by her to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K3480104). Freer's impression was bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Lathrop's to the Art Institute of Chicago.

12: Wunderlich's to Whistler, GUW #07287.

13: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 6 April 1900, GUW #07322.