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The Dutchman Holding A Glass

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 4
Date: 1857
Medium: etching
Size: 82 x 56 mm
Signed: 'J. W.' at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.4; M.3; T.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


It was not published.


The Dutchman Holding a Glass was exhibited only rarely, which is not surprising considering its rarity. One impression () was shown in the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938). 12

Later it was exhibited in Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death including the Grolier Club, New York in 1904. 13 An impression was also shown in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 as 'The Dutchman holding the glass'. 14

12: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 3).

13: New York 1904a (cat no. 3).

14: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 3).


Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) owned a very good impression of the first state, acquired from the collection of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891). It was bought with the bulk of Mansfield's collection by John Howard Whittemore (1837-1910) ().
Impressions of the second state were probably acquired directly from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) () and by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (). The few surviving impressions all passed from a few important private collectors to major public collections. Haden's print was sold in 1898 through H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) and bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art. The British Museum bought an impression in 1868 (). Whittemore's impression was acquired by the Library of Congress in 1949, and Avery's went to the Lenox Library, helping to form the Print Department of the New York Public Library.