|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||293 x 202 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right (3); replaced with new 'Whistler.' at lower right (4-final)|
|Inscribed:||'1859 -' at lower right (3); replaced with new '1859.' at lower right (4-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||14|
|Catalogues:||K.58; M.58; T.56; W.54|
|Impressions taken from this plate (38)|
To the Union League Club in New York in 1881, Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent three impressions, listed as 'Early trial proof; very rare.' (), 'The same. With additional work; very rare.' () and finally, 'The same. The finished state.' () 27 In 1888, Thomas Glen Arthur (1858-1907) lent an impression to the Glasgow International Exhibition (). 28
The artist clearly thought highly of Finette, and when Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), was organising an exhibit of the artist's etchings for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, Whistler specifically asked him to include Finette. Unfortunately, as Mansfield explained, he had no frame available. 29
Finally impressions were shown in the principal Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. Four states were on shown at the comprehensive exhibition held in New York at the Grolier Club in 1904, including one proof lent by Freer (), and one, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), in Boston, also in 1904. 32 Finally, another impression was lent, by King Edward VII, to the London Memorial show in 1905. 33
SALES & COLLECTORS
Nadar, Finette, photograph, 1860s.
Whistler Collection, Glasgow University Library, Special Collections.
However, the rarity of the early states increased their commercial value, and it is clear that Whistler printed only one or two proofs of some states. At some time Whistler gave an impression to a collector, McDougal Smith (). He also kept some early proofs for himself and sold them for higher prices. Ralph Thomas commented:
35: Sotheby's, 12 June 1877 (lot 102); Christie's, 23 March 1881 (lot 195).
37: Sotheby's. 23 April 1887 (lot 407).
39: C. Angus, 21 December 1887, GUW #00180.
41: Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lots 104-5).
42: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 24 March 1899, GUW #07305.
43: Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1889 (lot 787 or 789)