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Bébés, Jardin du Luxembourg

Impression: Private collection
Private collection
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Number: 463
Date: 1892/1894
Medium: etching
Size: 177 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.428; M.420
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)
Bébés, Jardin du Luxembourg dates from between 1892 and 1894. It has been dated by comparison with similar Luxembourg subjects, such as Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens [443], The Pantheon from the Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens [473] and Polichinelle, Jardin du Luxembourg [467] and a lithograph, Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' [c081].
The costumes of the women, whose dresses have modest leg o'mutton sleeves, suggest a date of about 1892. The butterfly signature could be of this date or of a slightly later date. Whistler is known to have been printing Paris etchings with Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) in the summer of 1893. 1

1: Pennell 1921C , p. 80.