|Size:||197 x 134 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left (2-final)|
|Inscribed:||'Fanny Leyland' at upper left|
|No. of States:||6|
|Catalogues:||K.108; M.107; T.77; W.94|
|Impressions taken from this plate (12)|
In 1881, an impression was shown in an international exhibition in Berlin, and Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent what was described as a 'trial proof' to the Union League Club exhibition in New York (). 15 A few years later, in 1887, one was shown in London at the Hogarth Club. 16 An impression was then shown at the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888, lent by a major Glasgow collector, Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924). 17
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 (which he helped organise), to the show organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900, to the first annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1902 and finally, after Whistler's death, to a Memorial show in Boston in 1904 (). 18
Impressions appeared in several print dealers' shows, exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 () and 1903, and Obach & Co. in London in 1903.
13: Liverpool 1874 (cat. no. 480).
14: London Pall Mall 1874 (cat. nos. 6, 22, 24, 25, 27, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36 or 50).
15: New York 1881 (cat. no. 124). See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.
17: Glasgow 1888 (cat. no. 2552-27)
SALES & COLLECTORS
Ten years later, on 28 April 1887, Whistler sold an impression to Messrs Dowdeswell for £6.6.0. 21 This may have been the delicate impression owned by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), and later sold through Wunderlich's of New York, acquired by Charles Deering (1852-1927) and given in 1927 to the Art Institute of Chicago (). An impression from the Royal Collection, having been exhibited at the Whistler Memorial show in 1905, was sold through Agnew's in London in 1906 to Wunderlich's in New York and then to Margaret Selkirk Watson Parker (1867-1936), and was eventually bequeathed to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor ().
At auction prices were quite high. A 'trial proof' was sold with the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 146) and bought by the London print dealer, Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £15.10.0 () and Lot 147, a 'trial proof' 'with the monogram', was bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst for £7.0.0. At the sale of the collection of William Richard Drake (1817-1890), Christie’s, 8-9 March 1892 (lot 304) 'Faunie' [sic] was also bought by Dunthorne for £5.0.0.