Flaming Forge

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 490
Date: 1901
Medium: etching
Size: 192 x 154 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 16
Catalogues: K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (16)
Flaming Forge, Ajaccio shows a scene in Corsica, where Whistler was convalescing from the end of January to April 1901. The etching was probably based on two pencil sketches, and could have been drawn on the plate in Ajaccio but perhaps completed back in London at some time after May 1901.
Other etchings from this date include Marchande de Vin, Ajaccio [485] and Bohemians [486].

The copper plate, by then owned by Whistler's sister-in-law Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), was printed in 1931 by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956). 1

1: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 347, 352.