Temple Bar

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 175
Date: 1877
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 214 x 137 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.162; M.159; W.133
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Temple Bar was not published.


There is no record of an exhibition in Whistler's lifetime, but an impression was lent from the Royal Collection to the Whistler Memorial show in London in 1905. 15

15: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 133).


Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) bought an impression of 'Temple Bar' from Whistler on 24 November 1877. 16 The artist sold 'thirteen more beautiful proofs', including one impression of 'Temple Bar' for £1.1.0 to Alfred Chapman (1839-1917) in the following year. 17

At some time, probably in the early 1880s, Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938) acquired proofs of the first three states, and these were bought through Obach & Co. in 1905 by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K1620102, Graphic with a link to impression #K1620202, Graphic with a link to impression #K1620302) who bequeathed them to the Freer Gallery of Art. Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) owned an impression, which was bought later by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), who gave it to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Graphic with a link to impression #K1620304). The only impression outside Washington is in the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K1620303); its provenance is unknown until it was bought from P. & D. Colnaghi in 1970.

16: Howell to Whistler, [6-25 November 1877], GUW #02178.

17: 9 August 1878, GUW #07966.