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Barges, Dordrecht

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 262
Date: 1886
Medium: etching
Size: 66 x 99 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 10
Catalogues: K.244; M.241
Impressions taken from this plate  (10)


Barges, Dordrecht was not published.


No exhibition is known in Whistler's lifetime. However, it was exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co., in New York in 1903, and at the Grolier Club, also in New York, in 1904. 8

8: New York 1903b (cat. no. 240); New York 1904a (cat. no. 296).


Whistler's first sold two Dordrecht etchings, 'Little Dordrecht' (Little Dordrecht 260) at 3.3.0 and Barges, Dordrecht at 2.2.0, to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) in November 1886. 9

9: Whistler to McLean, [1 November 1886], GUW #13010.

Collectors who acquired impressions after the artist's death included Charles Deering (1852-1927) () and Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), who bought one from Obach & Co. in London in 1904 ().

Several impressions from the damaged plate have been located. They were offered for sale in Great Britain in 1961, 1991, 2004 and 2011, and all were printed posthumously (see , and ). 10

10: The most recent sales were at Chiswick auctions, London, 27 June 2011.