|Size:||159 x 235 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right (3-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.153; M.150; W.123|
|Impressions taken from this plate (24)|
In addition, both first and second states were included in the exhibition organised by by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (, ). 11
After Whistler's death it was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in the Boston Whistler Memorial Show of 1904. It was also shown in the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905, lent from the Royal Collection. 12
SALES & COLLECTORS
An impression from the important collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) was sold at auction in 1892 and was bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for £5.5.0. 16 This was acquired by Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913), bequeathed to his sisters and passed with his collection to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1938 ().
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a first state from the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) as well as a third state through H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1898 (, ). Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) acquired an even later state; and although he had owned a remarkable collection of early states of many rare and important etchings, in this case he bought an impression of London Bridge printed with soft surface tone in the late 1870s, but trimmed and signed by Whistler many years later, in the 1890s ().
13: Howell to Whistler, [6-15 November 1877], GUW #02168.
14: [10 October 1877], GUW #12734; 22 October 1877, #12737; 14-16 November , #13668.
15: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 123).
16: Sotheby’s, 3 March 1892 (lot 202).
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a cancelled set in 1893, which he bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art (). J. Littauer (fl. 1896) of Munich sold another set to the Hamburger Kunsthalle, in 1896 (). In Paris, Alfred Strölin sold a fine set to Jacques Doucet in 1907, which he gave to the Bibliothèque Jacques Doucet in 1918 ().
17: Sotheby's, 13 December 1889 (lot 787 or 789).