After James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Etching; early state (before addition of artist's signature lower left center)
plate: 5 1/8 x 7 3/4 in. (13 x 19.7 cm) sheet: 12 3/16 x 8 1/2 in. (31 x 21.6 cm)
Gift of Emma Avery Welcher and Amy Ogden Welcher and Alice Welcher Erickson, 1967
Not on view
Percy Thomas's print is based on a Whistler self-portrait, "Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter," ca. 1872 (Detroit Institute of Arts). The print was created as a frontispiece for the first catalogue of Whister's etchings, published in London in 1874 by the etcher's brother, Ralph Thomas. Wearing a smock and wide brimmed hat, the subject holds two brushes and is identified by his butterfly mark perched on the edge of the dado behind his shoulder. An inscription at upper right, from Whistler to Samuel P. Avery, Sr., relates this impression to the American edition of the catalogue, that Avery published in New York.
Inscription: in graphite above image: "Etched of Percy Thomas from my Portrait, Whistler [with butterfly]"; in ink below image left: "For Mr. Avery" lower right of sheet: "J. M. Whistler Esqr., from a Picture by himself / Percy Thomas / 13/5/74"
James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London); Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. (American, New York 1822–1904 New York); Emma Avery Welcher (American, 1881–1979); Amy Ogden Welcher (American, 1887-1992); Alice Welcher Erickson (American, 1883–1989); Donor: Emma Avery Welcher (American, 1881–1979)Donor: Amy Ogden Welcher (American, 1887-1992)Donor: Alice Welcher Erickson (American, 1883–1989)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1879–80Medium: Etching, drypoint and roulette; fourteenth state of twenty (Glasgow); printed in brownish-black ink on ivory laid paperAccession: 17.3.90On view in:Not on view