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The Beggars: P.3-2008

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Current Location: In storage


The Beggars


Printmaker: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill




History note: Kennedy Galleries, New York, probably around 1920 (stock number a65623 inscribed in graphite on the verso; date deduced from comparison with stock numbers on other prints with an established provenance); P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London (stock number c21103 inscribed in graphite on the verso); Kennedy Galleries, New York, from whom bought c.1970-3 by a private collector in the United States; by whom consigned to Sotheby’s, New York, 29 October 2004 lot 85 ($13,200); bought through an American dealer for a private collector in the United States, by whom consigned to C. G. Boerner 2007.

Legal notes

Bought from the Gow Fund with the help of the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2008)


19th Century
1879 - 1880

Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( antique laid paper trimmed by the artist. Watermark: Strasbourg Lily with pendant letters lvg (cf. Stratis 289).)
Plate Height 305 mm Width 208 mm
Sheet Height 308 mm Width 211 mm

Techniques used in production

Etching : Printed with surface tone in brown ink

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Whistler’s butterfly monogram and imp. (indicating that Whistler printed the impression himself)

  • Location: Lower margin
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Monogram

Inscription present: a65623 is the Kennedy Galleries stock number, c21103 is the P. & D. Colnaghi stock number

  • Text: framed // a65623 // c21103 [P. & D. Colnaghi stock number] / ixx-N // 203 [enclosed in C or L].
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.3-2008
Primary reference Number: 161016
Kennedy: 194 VII/IX
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 February 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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