The Balcony

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 202
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 298 x 203 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 19
Known impressions: 56
Catalogues: K.207; M.204; W.177
Impressions taken from this plate  (56)
The copper plate has the oval stamp of 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' on the verso.
Similar in size, and with the same manufacturer's stamp, are several other large plates, brought with Whistler from London and intended for the set of Venice etchings commissioned by the Fine Art Society. Of these, The Doorway [193], The Riva [229] and The Two Doorways [221], were indeed published in 1880. 9
The others - Nocturne: Palaces [200], The Bridge, Santa Marta [201], The Rialto [199] and The Balcony - were included in the second set published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892) in 1886. This plate was cancelled with crossed diagonal lines.
The plates for the 'Second Venice Set' are now in the Art Institute of Chicago. 10

10: Acc. No. 1933.711,