Bird Shop - Seven Dials

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 384
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 135 x 98 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.281; M.276
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)
Etching: PK281_01 (plate)
The copper plate does not have a maker's stamp, but it is close in size to many of Whistler's plates including figure studies (Resting by the Stove [372], The Fan [375], Baby Pettigrew [374]) and townscapes (i. e. The Market, Bruges [354], Château de Bridoré [409], Place Daumont, Tours [390], Petite Rue au Beurre, Brussels [341]) most of which date from 1887 and 1888.
The copper plate was in Whistler's estate at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). At her request, it was printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) in 1931. 10 It was then cancelled with a diagonal line across the upper left corner. Miss Philip gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

10: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 344, 352.