Old Putney Bridge
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||200 x 298 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at bottom (1-5); shaded (6-final)|
|Set/Publication:||Fine Art Society, 1879|
|No. of States:||7|
|Catalogues:||K.178; M.175; W.145|
|Impressions taken from this plate (47)|
It is not certain when Whistler signed the agreement that the Fine Art Society - despite Huish's initial objections - would publish Old Putney Bridge. However, it was at some time in 1879, and the printing of impressions by Whistler continued between 1881 and 1889.
Old Putney Bridge was also represented in the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888, lent by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) (probably ), 22 and in privately run exhibitions, such as those of the Union League Club in New York in 1881, lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) () and the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). 23
It was shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, including the show organised by the Copley Society in Boston in 1904, again lent by Mansfield, and the Grolier Club in New York, also in 1904, as well as in Paris in 1905, and, lent from the Royal Collection, in London in 1905. 25 These impressions have not been identified.
SALES & COLLECTORS
26: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 175).
27: [January/August 1879], GUW #09394.
30: New York 1903b (cat. no. 108), which specified 'Before the dry-point lines in the monogram'.
31: Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 229); Christie's, 17 February 1896 (lot 104); Christie's, 13-14 July 1897 (lot 314).
32: C. L. Freer, note, [4 September 1902], GUW #11701.
33: GUW #13041.