|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||211 x 308 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left (5)|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||5|
|Catalogues:||K.201; M.198; W.167|
|Impressions taken from this plate (38)|
Dowdeswell's paid £2.10.6 per dozen prints. Whistler delivered in all 1093 prints for the 'Second Venice Set'. 11
11: Dowdeswell to Whistler, 16 July 1887, GUW #00891.
Print dealers exhibiting it, usually with other impressions from the 'Second Venice Set', included H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1883, 1898, and (twice) 1903, Obach & Co. in London in 1903 and Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) of F. Keppel & Co. in New York in 1902 and 1904. 15
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1902 and the Whistler Memorial Exhibition organised by the Copley Society in Boston in 1904. 16 An impression was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the show organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 17 One was included in a large group of etchings lent by James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) to the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901 and another was shown in an international show in Wolverhampton in 1902. 18
Impressions were shown, after Whistler's death, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and the Memorial show in Paris in 1905. Finally, one was lent by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 19
12: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 10).
13: Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's Exhibition', Saturday Review, 24 February 1883 (GUL PC 25/32).
14: Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', Building News, 23 February 1883 (GUL PC6/42).
15: See REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.
17: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 147).
18: Glasgow 1901 (cat. no. 238).
19: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 167).
SALES & COLLECTORS
From 1886 most impressions were sold by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau with the 'Second Venice Set'. Dowdeswell's gave a set including an impression of San Giorgio to the British Museum in 1887 () . Thibaudeau sold a set for £52.10.0 through Gustave Lauser (b. ca 1841) to H. Wunderlich & Co. in May 1888, and it was bought by Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) in 1890 (). Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one from F. Keppel & Co. in 1887 () and one from Thomas Way (1837-1915) in 1905 ().