The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||175 x 302 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left (3)|
|Set/Publication:||Hogarth and Son, 1879.|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.175; M.172; W.144|
|Impressions taken from this plate (92)|
20: Wedmore 1886 A (cat. no. 144).
21: 14 March 1879, GUW #01098.
An impression shown in Leeds in 1893 was bought by the City Art Gallery and shown again in the following year (). 24 Impressions were included and for sale in shows at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903, at Obach & Co. in London, also in 1903, and at F. Keppel & Co. in New York in 1904. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) lent an impression to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (either or ). 25
SALES & COLLECTORS
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a rather worn impression of the third state from F. Keppel & Co. in 1893, which he mistakenly thought was a first state (). He then bought an earlier impression - a second state, with fresh drypoint burr - in 1899 from the same print dealer ().
27: Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892 (lot 228).
By various means - purchases, gifts and bequests - impressions went to collections all over the world. The British Museum acquired an impression that was printed with slight retroussage, in 1891 (). A good clear impression of the third state (though with fading drypoint) was sold by the artist to William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), and was sold by the family to the British Museum a century later, in 1973 ().
Sadly, the print acquired by the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, in 1896 was destroyed by fire in 1944 (). However, an impression was sold by Amsler & Ruthardt, Berlin, on 2 April 1901 to the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin for 121.25 M (). Woldemar von Seidlitz (1850-1922) gave one to the the Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden in 1919 ().
Early collectors in Britain included James Guthrie Orchar (1825-1888) (); Henry Francis Herbert Thompson (1859-1944) () and Guy John Fenton Knowles (1879-1959) (). An impression shown in Leeds in 1893 was bought by the City Art Gallery (). The Trustees presented one to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1904 (). In France, Keppel & Co. possibly sold an impression to the Cabinet des estampes, Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1903 ().
Collectors in America included Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (); George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909) (); Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) () and Harry Brisbane Dick (1855-1916) (). The impression owned by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) passed to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and later came as part of the collection of Gardiner Greene Hubbard (1822-1897) to the Library of Congress (). Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) gave an impression to the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA () and bequeathed one to Boston Museum of Fine Arts () and Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951) gave one to Boston Public Library ().
28: Christie’s, 13-4 July 1897 (lot 313); Christie's, 8 March 1900 (lot 7).