Newspaper-Stall, Rue de Seine

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 474
Date: 1893
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 81 x 200 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 13
Catalogues: K.432; M.426
Impressions taken from this plate  (13)
Newspaper-stall, Rue de Seine probably dates from 1893. 1 The butterfly signature is consistent with this date, but could have dated from a wider period, between 1889 and the 1890s. It is very close in size to two other etchings of this date, The Pantheon from the Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens [473] and Marchand de Vin, Paris [438].

The etching dates from the period when the Whistlers moved from London to live in Paris, eventually moving into 110 rue du Bac. Whistler's biographer, Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) was closely involved in the history of the printing of Whistler's late Paris etchings:

1: Lochnan 1984, p. 285, no. 431.

'[Whistler] explained that he wanted J. to help with his printing - he was biting and printing the last Paris plates which no one had seen. This was arranged, though only after endless postponements ... the printing began and the friendship became more intimate ... For weeks in the summer of 1893, either at the printing press in the Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs or at the Rue du Bac, J. was with Whistler almost daily.' 2

2: Pennell 1921C, p. 12.