San Biagio

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)
Historical period(s)
Etching on paper
H x W: 20.7 x 30.4 cm (8 1/8 x 11 15/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


architecture, balcony, boat, etching, United States, water

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) (reigned 1837-1901), United Kingdom [1]

King Edward VII (1841-1910) (reigned 1901-1910), United Kingdom [2]

To 1906
Obach & Co., London, to 1906 [3]

From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1906 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 3 in the object record: "On the back of the print: a. The oval stamp of Queen Victoria (VR); b. (In Mr. Freer's writing) From the Queen's collection."

[2] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record, which states: "From King Edward's Collection."

[3] See List of Whistler Purchases Since Making Up the Smithsonian Inventory, pg. 2, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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)

Queen Victoria 1819 - 1901
King Edward VII 1841 - 1910
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)


Whistler etchings are identified by "G" numbers as assigned in "James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonne," by Margaret F. McDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock (University of Glasgow, 2012), This print is G237 state 3 of 17.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, Joanna Meacock. James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonĂ©e., 2012. .
  • Howard Mansfield. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Chicago, 1909. .
  • Katharine Lochnan. The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Exh. cat. New Haven and London, 1984. .
  • Edward G. Kennedy. The Etched Work of Whistler: Illustrated by Reproductions in Collotype of the Different States of the Plates. 4 vols., New York, 1910. .
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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