|Size:||279 x 152 mm|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (18)|
It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.
The only recorded exhibitions were after Whistler's death, lent byCharles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 5
SALES & COLLECTORS
The unique impression of the first state, from the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), was bought from H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, by Freer on 9 November 1898 ().
Surviving impressions from the cancelled plate are often in the album as published in 1879. For instance, the British Museum bought an album in 1887 (), and Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a set from Knoedler & Co. in 1893 (). Thomas Glen Arthur (1858-1907) also acquired a set in 1887 () which later went to Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Boston Public Library acquired a set (). Finally, a set acquired by J. Littauer, Munich was sold to the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 1896 ().
Prices were low but collectors and collections were keen to have the set of cancelled etchings, as a record of a substantial number of otherwise unrecorded etchings and drypoints. A set, probably acquired from the Fine Art Society by Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892), was auctioned in 1889 and bought by Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £0.6.0. 6 Dunthorne exchanged it for other works with Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) who bequeathed it to the University of Glasgow (see ). She acquired another set, trimmed the impressions and stuck them on the envelopes containing the copper plates (i.e. ).
6: Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1889 (lot 787 or 789).