The Little Mast
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||269 x 189 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper right|
|Set/Publication:||'First Venice Set', 1880|
|No. of States:||8|
|Catalogues:||K.185; M.182; W.151|
|Impressions taken from this plate (50)|
11: London FAS 1880; copy in GUL PC15/7.
12: GUW #01153; #01185.
The Little Mast was not included in the original 1880 catalogue for the show at the Fine Art Society in London, although there is a copy of the catalogue with the title added in ink, replacing 'The Bridge'. However, it was The Bridge that appeared in the show 14 , and The Little Mast that was published in the 'First Venice Set'.
'At the service of critics of unequal sizes.' 15
15: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 36).
16: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 46).
After Whistler's death, impressions were shown at the Whistler Memorial Exhibitions, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904; in London, lent from the Royal Collection in 1905 (); in Paris, also in 1905; and finally lent by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) in Rotterdam in 1906 ( or ). 19
SALES & COLLECTORS
20: Inventory books, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin.
21: GUW #13020.
22: GUW #13040.
US collectors included Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), who bought a set from Wunderlich's in 1890 (); Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bought one impression from Wunderlich's in 1898 () and two from Keppel, one in 1894 () and another, earlier impression, in 1902 (); Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916), who bought one, possibly from Wunderlich's (stock no. a 10248), before 1900 (); Margaret Selkirk Watson Parker (1867-1936) (); Thomas Jefferson Coolidge jr (1863-1912) (); Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919) (); and Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) ().