Exeter Street

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 274
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 128 x 177 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.280; M.275
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)


Exeter Street was never published.


It was very rarely exhibited. One impression was shown by Obach & Co. in London in 1903 and was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2800102). 6

After Whistler's death, an impression was exhibited 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. 7

6: London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 231); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

7: New York 1904a (cat. no. 312); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 287).


The first recorded sale was by Whistler to the New York print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co., on 29 June 1888, for £10.10.0. 8 There was a query when an etching was listed by Wunderlich's in 1894, recorded as '? Exeter St Shop - Chelsea' at £10.10.0. 9 However, two were definitely sold by Whistler to the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for £10.10.0 each on 24 December 1902. 10

Early collectors included Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2800102), Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2800105) and John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908). One impression was still in Whistler's studio at his death in 1903 and bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who bequeathed it to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K2800103).

8: GUW #13052.

9: [January/June 1894], GUW #07271.

10: GUW #13040.