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The Sail

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
(1903.16)
Number: 98
Date: 1863
Medium: drypoint
Size: 211 x 135 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.157; M.154
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)

PUBLICATION

It was not published.

EXHIBITIONS

Only one exhibition is known, a print dealer's show, at H.Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1903 when an impression from the collection of Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) was sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (). 5

5: New York 1903b (cat. no. 249).

SALES & COLLECTORS

Only one impression of this print is recorded. It may first have been owned by Messrs Dowdeswell, and was acquired by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), around 1880. According to Kennedy, 'The butterfly was drawn by Whistler on this impression, after it was purchased from Mr Macgeorge.' 6 This impression was indeed signed with a pencil butterfly, which dates from about 1881. It was later owned by Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) and sold, after his death, at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 322), when it was bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for the tiny sum of 0.16.0. In 1903 it was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) from Wunderlich's in New York () and bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, which now contains many of the rarest of Whistler's prints.

6: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 157).