Penny Passengers, Limehouse
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||81 x 206 mm|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.67; M.67; W.59|
|Impressions taken from this plate (5)|
Finally, after Whistler's death, an impression was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and another one was lent by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) to the Whistler Memorial show in London in 1905. 20
SALES & COLLECTORS
It is possible but not absolutely certain that this was the same etching recorded as sold to Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890), in 1877, as 'Penny Passengers', also at £4.4.0 - the trouble being that one 'From Limehouse' was recorded as bought by Howell for £2.2.0 in the same year and another by that title at £4.4.0. 22
The few surviving impressions gravitated to the major collections of Whistler's work. An impression owned by Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) was bought, through the mediation of Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1898 (). An impression from the important collection of Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) has not been located (). Another, from the collection of Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), went eventually to Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) who gave it to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC ().
21: Whistler to Hogarth, 22-7 October , GUW #12737; Whistler to M. B. Huish, 10 October 1877, #12734.
22: Howell to Whistler, 6-15 November 1877, GUW #02178; [November 1877], #02180 and #02181.