Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2
|Size:||228 x 155 mm|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.171; M.168; W.139|
|Impressions taken from this plate (22)|
'Irving' (1877, Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890)). 3
'Irving as Charles the First' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4
'Irving as Charles the First' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 5
'Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)) 6
Beatrice Whistler was incorrect, since this definitely shows Irving as Philip, not Charles. The numbering adopted by Mansfield was considered necessary because there is another portrait of Irving in the same role, Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1 158. Thus Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 is the generally accepted title, although there is no way of knowing which drypoint was done first.
He posed to Whistler in 1876 for Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain y187. Wedmore wrote that the artist lacked enthusiasm for the drypoint: 'Mr. Whistler told me the work did not greatly interest him, as he felt he had already done with the subject in the painted picture. But it is full of character.' 8
7: The Academy, 10 July 1875, p. 49; Howell to Whistler, [1877?], GUW #02181.
8: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 139).
9: YMSM 1980[more] (cat. no. 187).