Salvation Army, Sandwich

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 319
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 83 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.305; M.300; W.236
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


This is mainly an etching; there are only small patches of drypoint shading - on the flag in front of gabled house at left as well as on the door and lower windows of the central gabled house. Whistler drew with short, broken strokes of the needle, and a few uneven patches of shading.


There was probably a limited print-run of under ten impressions of Salvation Army, Sandwich. Most are printed in black ink with very light plate tone; one is on cream laid paper taken from a book (Graphic with a link to impression #K3050107), another on ivory laid paper with the watermark of a crown over 'GR' (Graphic with a link to impression #K3050102). They were trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them.
The sole impression of the cancelled plate is in black ink on smooth card-like wove paper and is not trimmed (Graphic with a link to impression #K3050201). It was almost certainly printed by 1891, when Whistler discussed limiting editions and printing from the cancelled plate to prove that printing was complete. 11

11: W. Bell to E.G. Kennedy, 8 June 1891, GUW #09674.