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Whistler with a hat
|Size:||229 x 154 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler.' at lower right|
|Inscribed:||'1859.' at lower right|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.54; M.54; T.65; W.52|
|Impressions taken from this plate (36)|
Later, examples were shown in exhibitions organised by private clubs such as the Union League Club in New York - a 'Trial proof' lent by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) () - and the Caxton Club in Chicago, lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (). 16
Impressions also starred in international exhibitions, including the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, lent by Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), as well as Glasgow in 1901, lent by James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901), and Philadelphia in 1902, lent by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (). 17
Several print dealer's shows included important impressions from major collections. For instance, impressions of both the first and second states from the collection of Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910) were shown by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and bought, with the advice of Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (, ). 18
Finally, impressions were shown in the principal Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, including New York and Boston in 1904, and - lent by James Thomas Knowles (1831-1908) - in the London Memorial show in 1905 (, ). 19
15: A Collection of Engraved Portraits ..., Guildhall, London, 1872 (959); Liverpool 1874 (cat. no. 471).
18: New York 1898 (cat. no. 49; see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
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20: V&A Register of Prints, p. 32.
21: Whistler to H. Fantin Latour, [August 1872], GUW #08041.
22: 'English Etching', The Standard, London, 25 April 1878, p. 2 (GUL PC1/94).
23: S. P. Avery to Whistler, 2 January , GUW #00218.
24: Sotheby's, 22 April 1887 (lot 195).
In 1892, one 'trial proof' from the collection of Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), was bought after his death for £15.10.0 by the print dealers Deprez & Gutekunst, and a second for only £6.0.0. by Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) of F. Keppel & Co. 26 It is possible that the latter was the impression that Keppel still owned in 1928, and which passed to Boston Public Library ().
Whistler with a hat is perhaps the most attractive and definitive of Whistler's etched portraits. It is clear that what at first was considered a good, representative portrait that friends and family could keep as a memento, became much sought after and exhibited by major collectors and collections. Avery's impressions were given to New York Public Library, to help form the basis for their Print Department, while Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), bought impressions of three different states, a cancelled state from Knoedler & Co. in 1893 (), and two earlier states in 1898 (, ), which were bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art in 1919.
25: E. Gosselin to Whistler, 22 October 1887, GUW #01768.
27: Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1889 (lot 787 or 789)