Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 251
Date: 1885
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 51 x 83 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.246; M.244; W.202
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Dieppe was not published.


Dieppe was first shown among a group of forty etchings by Hogarth & Son in London in 1887. 8 One art critic wrote approvingly of this 'tiny plate' and other recent etchings of Chelsea shops. 9

Impressions were shown by H. Wunderlich & Co., New York in 1898 and 1903. Both Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) and Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent impressions to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900: (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460102) and (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460104). 10

After Whistler's death, impressions were shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 11

8: London Hogarth 1887. See REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

9: Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Etchings', The Standard, London, 3 March 1887 (GUL PC7/18-19).

10: Chicago 1900 (cat. nos. 179, 179a).

11: New York 1904a (cat. no. 210); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 202).


Whistler sold an impression on 18 April 1893 to the Fine Art Society, London art dealers, for £2.2.0. 12 He also sold impressions in 1897 and in 1900 to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for £3.3.0. 13 One of these probably went to Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460102) and another possibly to Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460104). These went eventually to the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (the latter a gift of Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971)).

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Obach & Co., London, in December 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460103). One impression owned by Ralph Harmon Booth (1873-1931) was acquired by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) and bought eventually by the Library of Congress (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460202). Another was given by Atherton Curtis (1863-1944) to the Cabinet des estampes, Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1943 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2460105).

12: FAS to Whistler, GUW #01259.

13: September 1897, GUW #07287; 6 April 1900, #07322.