Marchande de Vin, Ajaccio

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 485
Date: 1901
Medium: etching
Size: 101 x 68 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)
Etching: PE01_01 (plate)
The copper plates used by Whistler in Corsica came from two sources, Hughes & Kimber in London and C. Servant in Paris. This plate came from Hughes & Kimber. It is one of two small copper plates that have survived from the Corsican trip (with Bohemians [486]).
Some of the plates were sent back by Whistler with Ronald Murray Philip (1871-1940) to London, and Whistler asked his sister-in-law ('Major') to take care of them:
'The plates Ronnie brings, Major, of course you will put in beautiful condition & order, like the others, so that we may have all our copper together - to see what gold, if any, there be in the entire collection - In the cleaning, you must, by this time have become very smart indeed! - but don't rub hard, for some of these may have very delicate work in them - still let us see them bright and fair to look upon! - .' 8

8: Whistler to R. Birnie Philip, 1 March [1901], GUW #04795.

The copper plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line at upper right.