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Free Trade Wharf
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||99 x 186 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left (3-final)|
|Set/Publication:||Fine Art Society, 1879?|
|No. of States:||8|
|Catalogues:||K.163; M.160; W.134|
|Impressions taken from this plate (33)|
Thereafter impressions were exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 (bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)) and 1903. 13 Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) planned to include it in the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 but for some reason it was dropped. 14 Impression 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 (either or ). 15
Finally impressions were shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, including the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and by the Copley Society in Boston in the same year. An impression from the Royal Collection was lent to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 (). 16
12: New York 1881 (cat. nos. 143, 144). See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
15: Chicago 1900 (cat. nos. 118, 118a).
SALES & COLLECTORS
Although most impressions were presumably sold by the Fine Art Society after publication in 1879, Whistler sold an impression on 17 May 1886 to a rival print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) for £8.8.0. 19 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one of the published impressions from F. Keppel & Co. on 10 November 1888 () and another, rather richer, more heavily inked impression, ten years later () originally from the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), from H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 ().
20: Sotheby's, 25 February 1890 (lot 116); 3 March 1892 (lot 217).