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Temple Bar

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 175
Date: 1877
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 214 x 137 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.162; M.159; W.133
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)
Temple Bar probably dates from November 1877. Whistler sold an impression of 'Temple Bar' on 24 November 1877. 1

The Leeds Mercury on 27 December 1877 referred to Whistler's etchings, and mentioned that 'The last scene of Temple Bar is certainly the most picturesque'. In 1878, in an article on 'English Etchings', H. Stewart Cundell commented: 'Mr Whistler, we are glad to learn, is resuming his etching, and among his most recent plates we may mention ... etchings of Temple Bar and Wych-street, which, when completed, will rank with his most masterly plates.' 2

1: Howell to Whistler, [6-25 November 1877], GUW #02178.

2: 'English Etching', The Standard, London, 25 April 1878, p. 2 (GUL PC1/94).