|Size:||210 x 135 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left (4-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||11|
|Catalogues:||K.100; M.118; T.80; W.87|
|Impressions taken from this plate (35)|
Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent two 'trial proofs' to an exhibition at the Union League Club in New York in 1881 ( and ). 9
At the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, one impression was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). 10 H. Wunderlich & Co. showed one impression in New York in 1898 and a 'Second State' in 1903; in 1898 one was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919).
After Whistler's death, four different states were exhibited in the comprehensive show at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, while Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent one to the Memorial Exhibition in Boston, also in 1904, and H.R.H. The Princess Victoria lent one to the London Memorial in 1905. 11
SALES & COLLECTORS
However, in 1877 Whistler sold several impressions for a good price, £5.5.0. The first sale of a 'Draped figure' was to the Fine Art Society in London on 10 October 1877. 12 Whistler then sold several numbered impressions to Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890), including 'The draped figure No. 4' and 'Draped figure 1st'. 13 It is not known if this meant a first proof () or first state, or one from a numbered pile, possibly printed in 1877 with a view to immediate sale, but clearly some numbering system was in operation.
12: Whistler to M. B. Huish, GUW #12734.
13: 12 October-5 November 1877, GUW #12735 and [16/21 November 1877], #12740; [November 1877], #02180.
At auction, a 'third state with additional work' was sold from the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 141), bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst for only £2.0.0 and sold immediately to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) () .
14: 19-22 October 1877, GUW #12736; 22-27 October 1877, #12737.