The Bridge, Santa Marta
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||298 x 202 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||9|
|Catalogues:||K.204; M.201; W.171|
|Impressions taken from this plate (47)|
Whistler delivered in all 1093 prints and was paid £2.10.6 for printing each dozen prints. 12
12: Dowdeswell to Whistler, invoice 16 July 1887, GUW #00891.
13: 'Mr. Whistler's etchings ...', British Architect, 10 December 1880.
"These Etchings of Mr. Whistler's are nothing like so satisfactory as his earlier Chelsea ones; they neither convey the idea of space nor have they the delicacy of handling and treatment which we see in those."
"He looked at Venice never in detail." F. Wedmore.' 14
Impressions were shown at print dealer's shows, by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York in 1898, and twice in 1903, by F. Keppel & Co., also in New York, in 1902 and 1904, and at Obach & Co. in London in 1903. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from the 1898 show (). 16 An impression was shown at a show organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). 17 Others appeared in the International Exhibitions in Glasgow in 1901 - lent by James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) - and Wolverhampton in 1902. 18
Two impressions were also shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and at the Whistler Memorial Exhibitions, one being lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) to the Copley Society exhibition in Boston in 1904 and others lent to the Paris exhibition, and, from the Royal Collection, to the London show () in 1905. 19
15: Anon., 'Mr. Whistler', Whitehall Review, 22 February 1883 (GUL PC25/35).
16: New York 1898 (cat. no. 150). See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
17: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 151).
18: Glasgow 1901 (cat. no. 241).
SALES & COLLECTORS
Early American collectors included Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (); George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), to whom Whistler dedicated one impression () and who also acquired an impression from the published edition ().
20: August 1882, GUW #12989; 8 August 1882, #12990; 28 August 1882, #13643.
21: GUW #13072.