Little Drawbridge, Amsterdam
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||178 x 128 mm|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.412; M.405; W.263|
|Impressions taken from this plate (13)|
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.'
Whistler etched a lot of plates of the same size, mostly from the same maker, including London scenes (i.e. Old Battersea Bridge, No. 2 ), Queen Victoria's Jubilee subjects (i.e. Troopships ), a view of Brussels (The Barrow - Quartier des Marolles, Brussels ), most of which date from 1887. Also in the same size are views done on the Whistler's honeymoon in the Loire valley (i.e. Château de Verneuil, Touraine ) and others later in Paris (i.e. Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens ).
The plate was bequeathed by Whistler to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). It was printed at her request in 1931 by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956). 7 It was then cancelled with a diagonal line across the lower left corner. Miss Philip gave the plate to the University of Glasgow in 1935.
7: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 348, 352.