York Street, Westminster

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 382
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 128 x 218 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.270; M.266; W.220
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)


York Street, Westminster was never published.


Either this etching or Rochester Row, Westminster [383] was exhibited in Leipzig in 1895, but otherwise it was mainly shown in the U.S.A. 10

Impressions were exhibited by the print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903 - Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought one after the latter show (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700103). 11 Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) lent one to a show organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700102). 12

After Whistler's death an impression was shown at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, and in the same year Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibitions in Boston and London (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700107). 13

10: Leipzig 1895 (cat. no. 808); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

11: New York 1898 (cat. no. 175); New York 1903b (cat. no. 177).

12: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 190).

13: New York 1904a (cat. no. 229); Boston 1904 (cat. no. 166); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 220).


Whistler sold an impression of 'York Street (Westminster 1st state' to the print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York on 29 June 1888 for £12.12.0. They recorded one 'York Street Westminster' still 'on hand' in 1897; and noted one as sold by 24 March 1899 for £10.10.0. 14 It is not clear if these are all the same transaction.

On 27 July 1888 Whistler sold another to Knoedler & Co. for £12.12.0. 15 And on 17 November 1888 he sold one 'York Road - Westminster - (11)' to Messrs Dowdeswell in London for slightly less, £10.10.0. 16

Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) owned an impression by 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700102); Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought another from Wunderlich's in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700103); other collectors included John Henry Wrenn (1841-1911) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700104) and Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700107).

14: Whistler to Wunderlich's, GUW #13052; Wunderlich's to Whistler, [August 1897], #07289; and 24 March 1899, #07305.

15: 'No. 13', GUW #13660.

16: GUW #13028.

Whistler had three impressions of 'York Road' [sic] in stock in the studio on 18 July 1889. 17 Two were still in his studio at his death in 1903 and were bequeathed by the artist to his sister-in-law Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who in turn bequeathed them to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K2700201, Graphic with a link to impression #K2710105).

17: List, GUW #13235.