En Plein Soleil

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 11
Date: 1858
Medium: etching
Size: 101 x 136 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' upside-down at upper left; 'Whistler.' at lower left
Inscribed: 'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.' at lower right (3)
Set/Publication: 'French Set', 1858
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 44
Catalogues: K.15; M.12; T.4; W.6
Impressions taken from this plate  (44)
En Plein Soleil was etched in 1858 and published in November 1858 with the Twelve Etchings from Nature ( the 'French Set').
Lochnan cites Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), as the source of information on a possible sequence of etchings made in Paris before Whistler's Rhine trip (which took place between 14 August / 7 October 1858). These were La Rétameuse [26], En Plein Soleil [11], La Mère Gérard [24], Fumette [12], and La Mère Gérard, Stooping [25]. However, there seems no particular reason to separate the two portraits of Mère Gérard. Given that only a few months are involved, some of the etchings could certainly date from just after the Rhine trip. 1

1: Lochnan 1984, pp. 28, 29, 31, 57, 226.