Whistler’s Butterfly

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
1886
Medium
Pencil and Chinese white on cardboard
Dimensions
H x W: 16.8 x 11.4 cm (6 5/8 x 4 1/2 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1905.327
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
butterfly, signature, United States
Provenance

To 1905
Obach & Co., London, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1905 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Whistler List, Drawings, pg. 2, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 282, pl. 289.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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