Street at Saverne
|Medium:||etching and open bite or sandpaper ground|
|Size:||209 x 159 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' at lower left|
|Inscribed:||'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques' at lower right (2-3); erased (4)|
|Set/Publication:||'French Set', 1858|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.19; M.19; T.7; W.11|
|Impressions taken from this plate (81)|
Street at Saverne was drawn during Whistler's etching tour of the Rhineland between 14 August and 7 October 1858.
The Pennells were incorrect in suggesting that the etching was done from memory on Whistler's return to Paris. They stated: 'We can recall none of his etchings at any period that might have been done from memory, except the Street at Saverne, the Venetian Nocturnes, and the Dance House, Amsterdam.' 1
1: Pennell 1908, I, p. 72.
In fact, the etching was based on a sketch, A street at Saverne [m0237]. It may well have been etched back in Paris, in October or November 1858, before publication. It was published in Douze eaux-fortes d'après Nature (Twelve Etchings from Nature, the 'French Set') in November 1858.