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Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 231
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 240 x 311 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (1-2); replaced with new butterfly (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.190; M.187
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)
Traghetto dates from 1880. Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909) remembered seeing 'the first proof of "The Traghetto," the most remarkable proof of all', early in 1880, 'During my first visit to Whistler, when he was living near the Frari'. 1 Whistler then made a second version of the subject, The Traghetto [233].

1: Bacher 1908, p. 165.

Whistler arrived in Venice in September 1879. He was active in Venice from October 1879 to October 1880 and was back in London in November 1880.