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Dordrecht

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
(1943.3.8567)
Number: 259
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 153 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 13
Catalogues: K.242; M.239; W.200
Impressions taken from this plate  (13)

PUBLICATION

Dordrecht was not published.

EXHIBITIONS

It was exhibited in several print dealers' exhibitions, by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903, and by Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 7 An impression was lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 8

It also appeared in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, at the Grolier Club in New York and, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), in Boston in 1904 (), and in London (lent from the Royal Collection) and Paris in 1905. 9

7: see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

8: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 178).

9: New York 1904a (cat. no. 208); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 160); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 200).

SALES & COLLECTORS

Whistler sold an impression on 28 April 1887 to the London print dealers, Messrs Dowdeswell for 5.5.0. 10 It is possible Dowdeswell sold one to John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) () or possibly to Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (). Another impression was bought from Whistler for the Royal Collection (), and sold through Thomas Agnew & Sons, London to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, in 1906; it was bought for $200 by Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913) whose sisters bequeathed it to the Art Institute of Chicago ().

An impression was sold with the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 304) and bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst for only 1.10.0.

10: GUW #13020.

Early collectors in America included Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (), John Henry Wrenn (1841-1911) (), and Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bought an impression from Dr James M. Hart in 1896 (). A year later, September 1897, Whistler sold an impression to H. Wunderlich & Co. for 8.8.0, and in 1900, another for 10.10.0. 11

11: Wunderlich's to Whistler, GUW #07287; 6 April 1900, #07322.