A Corner of the Palais Royal

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 258
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 137 x 89 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.248; M.243; W.201
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


A Corner of the Palais Royale was not published.


It was rare and rarely exhibited; it was first seen in two print dealer's exhibitions, being exhibited by Obach & Co. in London and by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1903. 6 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480102).

After Whistler's death, an impression was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) lent an impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480101). 7

6: London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 172); New York 1903b (cat. no. 161); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

7: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 201); New York 1904a (cat. no. 209).


The price asked by Whistler remained constant at £5.5.0. He sold impressions on 27 July and 24 August 1887 to Messrs Dowdeswell, London print dealers and publishers. 8 He sold one on 3 May 1888 to Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912), through Wunderlich & Co., New York, and another on 2 July 1888 to Frederick Keppel (1845-1912) of F. Keppel & Co. 9

8: GUW #13024, #13655.

9: G. Dieterlen to Whistler, 3 May 1888, GUW #07158; #13063.

An impression was sold at the auction of the collection of the late Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 305) and bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst for £1.4.0.
Early collectors included Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480201); John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480101); Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) and Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480202); Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), bought from Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480102); Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) and Charles C. Cunningham (1910-1979) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2480z01).