The Little Venice

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 238
Date: 1880
Medium: etching
Size: 185 x 264 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'First Venice Set', 1880
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 54
Catalogues: K.183; M.180; W.149
Impressions taken from this plate  (54)


  • Kennedy, Edward G., The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 183) 'The Little Venice.'
  • Mansfield, Howard, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909 (cat. no. 180) 'The Little Venice'.
  • Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886 (cat. no. 149) 'The Little Venice'.


  • Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880 (cat. no. 1) 'The Little Venice.'
  • Etchings and Dry Points, The Union League Club, New York, 1881 (cat. nos. 156-67 'Views in Venice').
  • [Exhibition], Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1881.
  • Ausstellung der Maler-Radierungen französischer und englischer Künstler der Neuzeit, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1881 (cat. no. 720 as 'Kleine Ansicht von Venedig').
  • Possibly 'The Lido, Venice.'
  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 20) 'Little Venice.'
  • 50 Etchings and Drypoints (Venice Second Series), H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1883 (cat. no. 20) 'Little Venice'.
  • Mr. Whistler's Etchings, Hogarth Club, London, 1887.
  • Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889 (cat. no. 419) 'Little Venice'.
  • [Exhibition of the First Venice Set], The Fine Art Society, London, 1892 (no catalogue).
  • World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 (cat. no. 2241).
  • Exhibition of Etchings, Drypoints. and Lithographs by Whistler, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1898 (cat. no. 128) 'Little Venice.'
  • An Exhibition of Etchings and Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, The Caxton Club, 1900 (cat. no. 130) 'The Little Venice.'
  • Kunstausstellung der Berliner Sezession, Berlin, 1900 (cat. no. 344) 'Klein Venedig'.
  • International Exhibition, Glasgow Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1901 (cat. no. 243) 'Little Venice.'
  • Art and Industrial Exhibition, Wolverhampton, 1902 (cat. no. 132) 'The Little Venice.'
  • Exhibition of Etchings by James McNeill Whistler, Obach and Co., London, 1903 (cat. no. 123) 'The Little Venice'.
  • A Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler recently acquired, H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1903 (cat. no. 112).
  • Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Copley Hall, Boston, February 1904 (cat. no. 116) 'The Little Venice.'
  • Etchings and Dry-Points by James McNeill Whistler, The Grolier Club, New York, 1904 (cat. no. 150) 'Little Venice.'
  • Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler, Palais de l'École des Beaux-Art, Paris, 1905 (cat. no. 351) 'La petite Venise. - (The Little Venice)'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 149) 'The Little Venice.'

REVIEWS 1855- 1905

  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Venice', St James' Gazette, 9 December 1880 (GUL PC4/17, PC15/13).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Venice Etchings', Daily News, London, 2 December 1880 (GUL PC4/15, 15/11).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's etchings ...', British Architect, XIV, 10 December 1880 (GUL PC4/19, PC6/18).
  • 'Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice', The Times, London, 25 December 1880, p. 4.
  • [F.G. Stephens], 'Mr. Whistler's Pastels', The Athenaeum, 5 February 1881, p. 206.
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', Building News, 23 February 1883 (GUL PC6/42).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Exhibition', Saturday Review, London, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/32).
  • Anon., 'Fine Art. Mr Whistler's Exhibition,' Bazaar, 28 February 1883 (GUL PC6/44).
  • Anon., 'The Fine Arts. An Exhibition of Mr.Whistler's Etchings.', The Critic, 26 November 1883 (GUL PC4/14).
  • Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', The Standard, London, 3 March 1887 (GUL PC7/18-19).

GENERAL 1855-1906

  • Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883 (cat. no. 20).
  • Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London, 1890, p. 97.


  • Ann Arbor 1996: Prosaic Views, Poetic Vision, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1996 (cat. no. 33).
  • Bell, Lynne, Fact and Fiction: James McNeill Whistler's Critical Reputation in England, 1880-1892, Norwich, University of East Anglia, 1987.
  • Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, pp. 277-280.
  • Grieve, Alastair, Whistler's Venice, New Haven and London, 2000, p. 180, 189, fig. 235.
  • Los Angeles 1984: Drawing Near. Whistler Etchings from the Zelman Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1984 (cat. no. 65).
  • Lochnan, Katharine A., The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1984, pp.195, 214, 281 (no. 209).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995 (cat. nos. 737, 820).
  • MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 68, 88, 90-1, 94, 120, 128, 139.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, p. 45.