Savoy Scaffolding

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 317
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 178 x 82 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 11
Catalogues: K.267; M.263; W.217
Impressions taken from this plate  (11)


Savoy Scaffolding was never published.


It was first exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. 12 Two years later, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670106). 13 In 1903 impressions were for sale in two print dealers' exhibitions: Wunderlich's in New York and Obach & Co. in London. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one from Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670103). 14

Several impressions were shown in exhibitions after Whistler's death, in the comprehensive show at the Grolier Club, New York, in 1904, and the Memorial Exhibitions in London and Paris in 1905. 15

12: New York 1898 (cat. no. 203).

13: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 187).

14: New York 1903b (cat. no. 175); London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 184)

15: New York 1904a (cat. no. 226); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 217)


Whistler gave one impression to Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670114). He also sold impressions on 29 August and 5 October 1887 to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), for £10.10.0 each - a relatively high price, perhaps reflecting the topicality of the subject. 16 One of these may have been the delicate impression owned by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), which was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670103).

16: Whistler to Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), GUW #13089, #13014.

On 3 May 1888 Whistler also sold an impression to Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912) through Wunderlich's of New York, at the same price. 17 It is not certain this was kept by Winans. Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) of Wunderlich's kept one impression for himself, which later was acquired by Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913), and so went to the Art Institute of Chicago (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670102). Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned an impression that he lent to the Caxton Club in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670106); it was probably sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) in 1919, and was given, thirty years later, by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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

Whistler bequeathed four impressions to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958): she gave one to the University of Glasgow in 1935 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670107), and bequeathed the first proof to the University in 1958 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2670104); two others were sold by the University in the 1970s.