The Little Forge, Liverpool
|Size:||228 x 152 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left (8); removed (9); butterfly at lower left (10-final)|
|No. of States:||16|
|Catalogues:||K.147; M.145; W.115|
|Impressions taken from this plate (19)|
Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent an impression to the Union League Club in New York in 1881 ( or ). 9 Another major collector, Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) lent an impression to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 10 A late impression, exhibited by Obach & Co. in London in 1903, was either a final state sold by that firm to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) () in 1906 or an earlier impression sold to the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, in 1907, for £40 ().
Impressions were shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. Two different states were exhibited at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, an early state lent by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) () and a later one by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (). 11
A particularly interesting worked proof from the Royal Collection, Windsor, reproduced below, was included in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905, sold soon after through Messrs Agnews, and possibly exhibited a few years later by Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) of F. Keppel & Co. in New York (). 12
SALES & COLLECTORS
Whistler signed some impressions about 1886 (, ), presumably for sale. He sold impressions on 1 November 1886 to the London print dealer Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), and on 28 April 1887 and 21 January 1889 to Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929). 15 Dowdeswell sold one - a final state - to John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908), and it was later sold through Obach & Co. to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) ().
13: Howell's a/c, [6-25 November 1877], GUW #02178.
14: GUW #07966.
15: GUW #13010, #13020, #13030.
16: Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lots 157, 158, 159, 160).
17: See Howard Geddes, 'A Peripatetic Picnic of August 1876', Highland Railway Journal, No. 103, Autumn 2012, pp. 4-12. Our thanks to John MacDonald for this reference.