|Size:||81 x 54 (K5) 57 x 48 mm|
|Signed:||'J.W.' at lower left (1-3); 'Whistler' at lower right (2-3); removed (4); 'Whistler' at lower left (4).|
|Inscribed:||'Imp. Delatre. Rue. St. Jacques. 171.' at lower left (3)|
|Set/Publication:||'French Set', 1858|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.9; M.7; T.8; W.13|
|Impressions taken from this plate (61)|
11: Mansfield 1909 (cat. no. 7).
It was also exhibited in public exhibitions, such as in Philadelphia in 1879. 14 Two of three impressions owned by Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) were lent to an exhibition at the Union League Club, New York, in 1881 (, , ) and Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) lent his impression to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago, in 1900 (). 15
Others were for sale in print dealer's shows, particularly at H. Wunderlich & Co. (1898 and 1903) and F. Keppel & Co. (1902) in New York, and Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 16 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought two of the exhibits at Wunderlich's in 1898.
After Whistler's death, Little Arthur was exhibited in the big Memorial Exhibitions in New York, Paris and London. For instance, an impression was lent by King Edward VII to the Whistler Memorial show in London in 1905. 17
12: Hague 1863; see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
13: Liverpool 1874 (cat. nos. 508, 508a).
14: Philadelphia 1879.
SALES & COLLECTORS
18: GUW #07079.
19: B.M. Register of Purchases ... 1872.
20: Whistler to Delâtre, 22 January , GUW #11190.
Colnaghi's handled several third states; for instance, one went to the Library of Congress (), and another to Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) and thence to the National Gallery of Art (). One owned by Charles Sydenham Haden (1822-1898) was eventually bought through Colnaghi's by Margaret Selkirk Watson Parker (1867-1936) and bequeathed to the University of Michigan Museum of Art (), and another was sold to Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951) and went to Boston Public Library (). Impressions tended to pass from dealer to dealer: both Colnaghi's and Knoedler's handled one owned by Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919) and later by Charles A. Coffin (1844-1926) (); likewise both Colnaghi's and Wunderlich's handled another (). Colnaghi's sold one to the Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden in 1897 () and Obach & Co. sold another to the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, 1908, this for the bargain basement price of £2.10.0 ().
21: Wedmore 1886 A (cat. no. 13).
22: Sotheby's, 30 April 1876 (lots 734-736) 'First state' bought by 'Riggall', £2.7.0, 'second' and 'third' by Hogarth for £0.15.0 and £8.0.0; 28 February 1890 (lot 474) bought by 'Price', £0.10.0; 3 March 1892 (lot 55) 'third state' bought by 'Blunt', £0.12.0.