Merton Villa, Chelsea

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 381
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 153 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: 'to Trix - / Merton Villa / Chelsea' at lower left
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.277; M.273
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


Merton Villa, Chelsea was executed in pure etching.


Very few impressions were printed; only three have been recorded. Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) thought his impression was the first proof; it was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper with the 'PRO PATRIA' watermark (Graphic with a link to impression #K2770103). However, the artist kept one impression, which was also in black ink, on buff - possibly browned - laid paper (Graphic with a link to impression #K2770104). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on a tab with the butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them.