La Marchande de Moutarde

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 20
Date: 1858
Medium: etching
Size: 157 x 90 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' at lower left
Inscribed: 'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.' (2-3); crossed out (4); removed (5)
Set/Publication: 'French Set', 1858
No. of States: 5
Known impressions: 75
Catalogues: K.22; M.22; T.11; W.16
Impressions taken from this plate  (75)
La Marchande de Moutarde is based on two drawings done in Cologne during Whistler's etching tour of the Rhineland between 14 August and 7 October 1858, La Marchande de Poterie à Cologne [m0272] (reproduced below), and La Marchande de Moutarde [m0273].
Comparative image
It is not known if he etched the copper plate in Cologne. It is more likely that the etching process was carried out on Whistler's return to Paris. 1

1: Lochnan 1984, p. 46.

The etching was published in Douze eaux-fortes d'après Nature (the 'French Set') in Paris in November 1858. It was republished in London in 1888.