Jubilee Place, Chelsea

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 276
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 143 x 222 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.274; M.327
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


Jubilee Place, Chelsea was never published.


It was fairly rare and was rarely exhibited, although it was shown by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and 1903. 7

Impressions were also shown at the major Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death. Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), for instance, lent an impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905, and Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) lent one to a retrospective in Rotterdam in 1906 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2740105). 8

7: New York 1898 (cat. no. 182); New York 1903b (cat. no. 215); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

8: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 295); Rotterdam 1906 (cat. no. 44).


Whistler sold an impression of 'Jubilee Place - Chelsea' to the London art dealers, Messrs Dowdeswell, on 17 November 1888 and another on 16 February 1889 for £10.10.0 each. 9 Most sales took place in 1889. One was sold to H. Wunderlich & Co. for the same price on 16 April 1889; in August 1897 they still had one 'in hand'. 10 The artist sold impressions to Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) and to the Dutch art dealer Elbert Jan Van Wisselingh. (1848-1912) for £10.10.0 each in July 1889. 11 On 18 July 1889 Whistler still had one 'Jubillee [sic] Place'. 12 This was probably the one still in Whistler's studio at his death, which was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), and later - in 1935 - given by her to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K2740105).

At auction, the price was much lower, Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) of Deprez & Gutekunst buying an impression at Sotheby's on 3 March 1892 (lot 337) for £4.0.0.

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) failed to obtain an impression from the artist, instead buying an impression from Obach & Co., in London, a few days before Whistler's death in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2740104).

9: GUW #13028, #13031.

10: GUW #13055, #07289.

11: 23 July 1889, GUW #13046; [31 July 1889], #12724.

12: GUW #13235.