Rag Shop, St Martin's Lane

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 328
Date: 1887/1888
Medium: etching
Size: 84 x 185 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.282; M.277
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


It was never published.


Rag Shop, St Martin's Lane was rare and very rarely exhibited, being shown twice by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York, in 1898 (probably Graphic with a link to impression #K2820104) and 1903. 8

After Whistler's death, an impression was exhibited in the comprehensive exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904. 9

8: New York 1898 (cat. no. 208); New York 1903b (cat. no. 244).

9: New York 1904a (cat. no. 315).


Whistler sold one impression of 'St Martin's Lane (Rag[)]' to H. Wunderlich & Co. for £8.8.0 on 29 June 1888. 10 This may have been the impression acquired by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K2820104), which was later sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and finally bought through the Pennell Fund by the Library of Congress.

10: GUW #13052

Two impressions were in Whistler's studio at his death. One was sold by his executrix, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2820102), and the other she bequeathed to the University of Glasgow in 1958 (Graphic with a link to impression #K2820103).