|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||298 x 203 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left (3)|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.211; M.208; W.181|
|Impressions taken from this plate (36)|
Whistler delivered in all 1093 prints and was paid £2.10.6 for printing each dozen prints. 8
8: Dowdeswell to Whistler, invoice 16 July 1887, GUW #00891.
"Scampering caprice". - S. Colvin.
"Mr. Whistler's drawing, which is sometimes that of a very slovenly master."' 9
'REFLECTION: This Critic, it is true, is a Slade Professor.' accompanied by a manic butterfly with a sting in its tail.
At the time of the F.A.S. 1883 show, The Rialto received a range of critical comments. The Queen thought The Rialto 'good both in tone and line', catching 'life and movement in the scene generally.' 11 The Globe critic was more ambivalent :
10: 'Mr. Whistler's "Venice" at the Fine-Art Society, New Bond Street', Spectator, vol. 53, no. 2737, 11 December 1880, pp.1586-7 (GUL PC4, pp.13, 82).
11: Anon., 'An Arrangement in White and Yellow', The Queen, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/24).
Impressions were shown in International Exhibitions, including Glasgow in 1888, lent by Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924) (possibly ), and 1901, lent by James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901). 15 An impression was lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to an exhibition held at the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 ( or ). 16 Others were shown at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, and, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), in Philadelphia in 1902. 17 One was shown in an Art and Industrial Exhibition in Wolverhampton in 1902; C. Lewis Hind commented: 'how good it is suddenly to come upon thirty etchings by Mr. Whistler, some of the Thames and Venice pieces, and other little masterpieces, so small yet so sufficient'. 18
Then, after Whistler's death, two impressions were shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904. Mansfield lent his impression to the Whistler Memorial exhibition held in Boston in 1904, the Royal Collection lent to the London Memorial in 1905 (), and another impression was shown at the Memorial show in Paris in that year. 19
14: See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
16: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 161).
17: Philadelphia 1902 (cat. no. 947 ).
18: C. L[ewis] H[ind], 'Art at Wolverhampton', The Academy and Literature, 19 July 1902.
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20: GUW #13643, #13072, #13040.