Little Drawbridge, Amsterdam

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 448
Date: 1889
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 178 x 128 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 13
Catalogues: K.412; M.405; W.263
Impressions taken from this plate  (13)
Etching: PK412_01 (plate)
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 [275]), Queen Victoria's Jubilee subjects (i.e. Troopships [307]), a view of Brussels (The Barrow - Quartier des Marolles, Brussels [346]), 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 [408]) and others later in Paris (i.e. Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens [443]).
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.