The Market, Bruges

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 354
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 99 x 136 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.351; M.351; W.255
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


It was not published.


Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent one impression to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago, in 1900. 6 Other impressions appeared in print dealer's shows, at Obach & Co. in London in 1903, and H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1903. 7

Finally after Whistler's death impressions were shown in the Memorial shows including the Grolier Club in New York in 1904. An impression was lent to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3510102). 8

6: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 221).


8: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 255).


Whistler sold impressions in February 1888 to the London print dealers, Messrs Dowdeswell and to Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832) for £6.6.0 each. 9 The first was probably the impression bought by Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), which later went to America, and was bought by Clarence Buckingham (1855-1913), from whom it was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago. The other may have been bought by Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891) and was sold (after his death), at Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 329) and bought by Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915) for £5.3.0; it was later sold by Wunderlich's to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3510103) and passed on his death to the Freer Gallery of Art.

9: 1 & 10 February 1888, GUW #13026; #13027; [11] February 1888, #13018.

Whistler sold an etching that was listed as 'Town Hall Bruges', but was probably this etching of the cloth-hall, on 6 April 1891 to H. Wunderlich & Co. for £4.4.0. 10 This may have been an impression acquired by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), which has not been located.

10: GUW #13097, Graphic with a link to impression #K3510103.