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The Rag Shop, Milman's Row

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 290
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 96 x 164 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.258; M.254
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)


The Rag Shop, Milman's Row was not published.


Rarely exhibited, it was shown by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1903. 10

It was also exhibited after Whistler's death, in the comprehensive show at the Grolier Club in 1904 and at the London Memorial Exhibition in 1905, to which one impression was lent from the Royal Collection, Windsor. 11

10: New York 1903b (cat. no. 219); see REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

11: New York 1904a (cat. no. 328); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 302)


An impression of the first state was acquired by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (). A second state from the collection of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), was later acquired by Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913), and passed to the Art Institute of Chicago (). Another later state came to the Institute from Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909) owned a third state (), probably bought in the mid- to late 1880s, as did Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (), Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) () and Harry Brisbane Dick (1855-1916) (). Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one from Messrs Obach in London on 11 July 1903 ().