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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)


It was not published.


The Fan is very rare and was rarely exhibited. However, Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) lent an impression to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (), and to the Grolier Club in New York in 1904. 9 The title is not always possible to distinguish from other etchings and it may have been shown elsewhere.

9: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 239); New York 1904a (cat. no. 338).


Whistler sold an impression of The Fan on 11 February 1888 to the London print dealer Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) for 5.5.0. 10 This may possibly have been the impression acquired by Emma Regina Martin (1921-2009), which is signed with a butterfly of about 1887 or 1888, although it is not known when and where she acquired it (). Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Dr James M. Hart on 1 October 1896 (). In the following year, in September 1897, Whistler sold an impression to H. Wunderlich & Co. at the reduced rate of 3.3.0. 11

10: GUW #13018.

11: Wunderlich's to Whistler, GUW #07287.