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Lobster Pots (The "Second Venice Set")

about 1880–81
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American (active in England), 1834–1903)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kennedy 235, first state of three


Platemark: 11.7 x 20.0 cm (4 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.) Sheet: 12.2 x 20.2 cm (4 13/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, printed in dark brown ink

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Trimmed to plate mark and signed on tab with butterfly in pencil. Another butterfly on the plate at lower right
DB or OB collector’s mark with classical figure above


Inscribed in lower right: Selsea Bill


Verso bottom center brown ink -- mark of Otto Gerstenberg, Lugt 2785


Otto Gerstenberg (b. 1848 - d. 1935; Lugt 2785), Berlin; 1935, by inheritance to his daughter, Margarethe Scharf (b. 1889 - d. 1961), Berlin; 1943, stored by Margarethe Scharf at Oberstdorf, Allgäu, Germany where it was kept for the duration of World War II [see note]; 1961, by descent to Margarethe's son, Dieter Scharf, Hamburg. 1966, sold by R.E. Lewis, Inc., San Francisco, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1966)

NOTE: See Julietta Scharf and Hanna Strzoda with Janina Dahlmanns, Die Historische Sammlung Otto Gerstenberg, 2 vols. (Ostfildern, 2012), vol. 1, pp. 80-81 and vol. 2, p. 311, cat. no. 2023.

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund