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The Fan

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 375
Date: 1887/1888
Medium: etching
Size: 135 x 98 mm
Signed: butterfly to left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.345; M.343
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


This is pure etching.


Only three impressions of this rare etching have been located. All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them. Two of these were printed in dark brown ink on laid paper with a partial 'PRO PATRIA' watermark (the '1st proof', , and ). Whistler was partial to 'Pro Patria' paper, and at least 100 such sheets were used by him in the years from 1886 on.