The Dog on the Kennel
|Size:||72 x 91 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at upper right|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.18; M.18; T.20; W.8|
|Impressions taken from this plate (20)|
'le chien' (1859, Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910)). 2
'le petit chien endormi' (1873, Whistler). 3
'Dog on table' (1872, British Museum). 4
'A Dog' (1874, Ralph Thomas, Jr (1840-1876)). 5
'Dog on Kennel' (Union League Club, 1881). 6
'The Dog on the Kennel' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)) 7
'The Dog Kennel' (1898, Wunderlich's). 8
'The Dog in the kennel' (1900, Caxton Club). 9
The titles vary between ones recording the subject as the dog or the kennel, and some suggesting that the dog was in the kennel (it was not) or on the kennel (which it was), and even on a table (which it certainly was not). Later cataloguers have preferred the fuller title of 'The Dog on the Kennel'.
2: Haden to A. Delātre, 29 June , GUW #13140.
3: Whistler to A. Delātre, 22 January , GUW #11190.
4: B.M. Print Room Register of Purchases ... 1872.
5: Thomas 1874[more] (cat. no. 20).
6: New York 1881 (cat. no. 11).
7: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 8).
8: New York 1898 (cat. no. 7).
9: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 8).
10: Thomas 1874[more] (cat. no. 20).
Although it is clearly a spur-of-the-moment sketch it shows that Whistler had extra copper plates to hand and was prepared to make a detailed and vigorous study of the dog, when also working on the more elaborate, larger plate of The Unsafe Tenement 018.
11: British Museum 1843,0607.105; White, Christopher; Boon, Karel G, Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue, 2 vols, Amsterdam, 1969, cat. no. 157.1; Hinterding, Erik; Luijten, Ger; Royalton-Kisch, Martin, Rembrandt the Printmaker, London, 2000, no. 47.