|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||298 x 202 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left (12)|
|Set/Publication:||'Second Venice Set', 1886|
|No. of States:||12|
|Catalogues:||K.202; M.199; W.168|
|Impressions taken from this plate (54)|
Whistler delivered in all 1093 prints and was paid £2.10.6 for printing each dozen prints. 13
13: Dowdeswell to Whistler, invoice 16 July 1887, GUW #00891.
One critic admired its 'broad treatment', another (John Forbes-Roberston), its 'richness of effect'. 15 Another critic, from the Building News, commented:
14: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 12).
15: Anon., 'Mr. Whistler', unidentified press-cutting, [February/March 1883], (GUL pc 3/44); Pictorial World, 31 March 1883 (GUL PC 8/8).
16: Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', Building News, 23 February 1883 (GUL PC6/42).
Ten years later, an impression was lent to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), who had selected the panel of Whistler's prints, and in 1902 he lent one to the Annual Exhibition in Philadelphia. After Whistler's death, Mansfield lent his impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in Boston in 1904; Frank Lusk Babbott (1854-1903) also lent an impression to that show. 18
It appeared in several print dealer's shows, at H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, in 1898 (possibly ) and 1903, F. Keppel & Co., also in New York, in 1902 and 1904, and at Obach & Co. in London in 1903. 21
SALES & COLLECTORS
Thereafter most impressions were sold by the publishers, and indeed Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau gave a beautiful impression to the British Museum, London, in 1887 (). Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892) sold an impression to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York in May 1888, which they in turn sold with a complete 'Second Venice Set' to Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) (). Thibaudeau sold another to Wunderlich's on 2 May 1888; this had a complicated history, being sold to A.J Forbes Leith (1847-1925) in 1889, returned in 1890, sold again in 1891, and eventually passed from Mr and Mrs Horatio Greenough Curtis (1844 - ca 1923) to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
24: GUW #13068.