The Hoop (Gray's Inn)

Impression: Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library
Number: 287
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 177 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.301; M.296
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


The Hoop (Gray's Inn) was never published but is related to the 'Grey's Inn Set'.


No exhibition of The Hoop (Gray's Inn) is recorded during Whistler's lifetime. After Whistler's death an impression was lent to the comprehensive exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904. 12 No other exhibitions are known.

12: New York 1904a (cat. no. 311).


On 21 December 1887 Whistler sold an impression of 'The Hoop (Gray’s Inn)' to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) for £8.8.0. 13

13: GUW #13017.

A few years later, in 1895, an impression was sold by the artist under the title 'Under trees - Gray's Inn', to H. Wunderlich & Co. for £6.6.0 (£5.0.0. after discount). 14 This, the only known impression of this etching, was bought from Wunderlich's by Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951) in 1919 for Boston Public Library (Graphic with a link to impression #K3010101).

14: GUW #07271; Wunderlich stock books (a 25249), Colby College, Maine.