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)|
13: Whistler to E. G. Brown, [26/29 January 1880], GUW #03600.
Most impressions were printed in 1881, 1885 and 1887 for the Fine Art Society. On 8 April 1881 the F.A.S. received 21 impressions; in July 1885, twelve more; on 25 June 1887, a further six. 14
Of some twenty known impressions of the final state, most of which date from 1885/1889, several are in dark brown ink on laid paper (, , ) including one with what may be a Strasbourg Lily watermark ( ) and another watermarked 'D & C BLAUW' (). One is on Japanese paper (). Some show that the plate was becoming worn, with the drypoint butterfly and the trees becoming increasingly pale (, , , ).
The etching was signed with a butterfly on the plate when it was first etched, and Whistler sometimes added a pencil butterfly in the margin as well, which, up to 1881, consisted of a butterfly with 'veins' on its wings.
14: E. G. Brown to Whistler, 8 April 1881, GUW #01133, Whistler to F.A.S., 20 and 29 July 1885, #12994, Whistler to F.A.S., 25 June 1887, #12997.
15: Brown to Whistler, GUW #01211, F.A.S. to Whistler, #01219.