The Beach, Hastings

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 150
Date: 1875/1878
Medium: drypoint
Size: 160 x 235 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 20
Catalogues: K.116; M.100; W.101
Impressions taken from this plate  (20)


It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent an impression to the Union League Club in New York 1881 and to the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K1160101). 12

It was exhibited in New York by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1903. 13

After Whistler's death, impressions were shown in the comprehensive show at the Grolier Club in 1904, as well as in the London Memorial Exhibition of 1905. 14

12: New York 1881 (cat. no. 129); Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 95).

13: New York 1903b (cat. no. 82); see REFERENCE : EXHIBITIONS.

14: New York 1904a (cat. no. 107); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 101).


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) probably bought his impression direct from Whistler (Graphic with a link to impression #K1160101). Whistler sold an impression of 'Hastings Shore' to Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) in November 1877 for £1.1.0. 15

One impression, described as a 'Trial Proof' was at one time with Charles Dowdeswell (1856?-1921), and later, Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) and Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), before being bought by the Library of Congress (Graphic with a link to impression #K1160103). Another impression that may have come direct from Whistler was owned by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), and later sold through Obach & Co., London, to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in December 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K1160202).

15: 16-21 November 1877, GUW #12740.