Speke Hall: The Avenue
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||228 x 152 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at lower right (1-12); butterfly lower left (11-12); both removed (13-final)|
|Inscribed:||'1870. / Speke Hall.' at lower right|
|No. of States:||14|
|Catalogues:||K.96; M.95; W.86|
|Impressions taken from this plate (22)|
'Speke Hall' (1870, Whistler). 3
'Speke Avenue' (1877, Whistler). 4
'Speke Hall: The Avenue' (1879, Grosvenor Gallery). 5
'Speke Hall, No. 1' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 6
Mansfield called it 'Speke Hall, No. 1' to distinguish it from Speke Hall , but the number is not needed. 'Speke Hall: The Avenue', the Grosvenor Gallery title of 1879, was undoubtedly authorised by Whistler, and is much more satisfactory.
7: Lochnan 1984 , pp. 158-159.
Whistler made three etchings that have 'Speke' in the title, and were done outdoors: this, Speke Hall , and Speke Shore . Whistler's biographers, the Pennells, are rather vague about the subjects Whistler depicted at Speke:
8: National Trust website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk (accessed 2008).
9: Pennell 1908 , I, pp. 175-176.
10: Lochnan 1984 , pp. 158-159.
11: Freer Gallery of Art, 1902.41.