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Speke Hall

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 140
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 178 x 302 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.143; M.141
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


It was never published.


Rarely exhibited, an impression of Speke Hall was lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) to exhibitions organised by the Union League Club in New York in 1881 and by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 6

It was also shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. In New York, two states were shown at the Grolier Club in 1904, one a second state lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (), and another impression was lent from the Royal Collection in London in 1905. (). 7

6: New York 1881 (cat. no. 82); Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 82). See REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

7: New York 1904a (cat. nos. 90, 90b); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 269).


The earliest impression acquired by any dealer or collector was almost certainly that owned by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), which was signed '1875' and inscribed '1st proof-' by Whistler about 1875 ().
Another early collector was Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), whose impression () was sold through H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1898 to Freer and bequeathed by him to the Freer Gallery of Art..
Whistler sold an impression of 'Speke' to the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle for 5.5.0 in 1877 (); it was lent by King Edward VII to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 8 It was later owned by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), then Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and was eventually given by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949.

8: 19/22 October 1877, GUW #12736; London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 269).