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Whistler with the White Lock

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 162
Date: 1876/1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 118 x 80 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 34
Catalogues: K.172; M.169; W.142
Impressions taken from this plate  (34)
Whistler with the white lock dates from between 1876 and 1879; stylistically, a date early in this period is indicated.

It may have been the drypoint 'Head' sold by Whistler in 1877. 1

Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) dated this drypoint 1879, which is too late, although it was published in set of cancelled plates by the Fine Art Society in 1879. 2

1: Whistler to C. A. Howell, [6-25 November 1877], GUW #02178.

2: Wedmore 1886 A (cat. no. 142).

Other portraits of this period include Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 [159], Sir Garnet Wolseley [177], The Boy (Charlie Hanson) [145], and Agnes [146].