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"Velarium" c.1887 - 1888

Royal (1) s. with a butterfly; b.l. and "J.McNeill Whistler"
(2) Inscr. in pencil by an unknown hand; v. "Patent No 6223 / 26 / 4 / 88 Resting" CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903) In 1888 Whistler applied for a patent "for means of suspending velarium panoply or other canopied draperies from ceilings, roofs or otherwise". However, the patent was later abandoned. The velarium was d…