Fishing Quay, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 351
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 129 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.352; M.348
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Fishing Quay, Ostend was not published.


It was rarely exhibited. The first recorded exhibition was by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. 9 Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) lent one to an exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520102). 10

Impressions were also exhibited in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in London in 1905. 11

9: New York 1898 (cat. no. 260).

10: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 293).

11: New York 1904a (cat. no. 267); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 318).


Whistler sold it usually for £8.8.0. The first sale was on 17 November 1887 to the London print dealer, Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832); then he sold one on 3 May 1888 through H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, to Ross Revillon Winans (1850-1912). 12 He also sold impressions to H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1897, 1899 and 1900. 13

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Dr James M. Hart on 1 October 1896 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520103). Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) owned an impression by 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520102). Freer's one was bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, and Lathrop's went to the Art Institute of Chicago. An impression with Whistler's signature and inscription '1st proof' was acquired by Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) and was later bought by the Library of Congress (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520105). Another impression of the first state, inscribed by Whistler 'Fishing Quai Ostende / 1st State' was bought by the Hamburger Kunsthalle (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520106). One impression was left to Whistler's sister-in-law who bequeathed it to the University of Glasgow (Graphic with a link to impression #K3520104).

12: GUW #13016; G. Dieterlen to Whistler, #07158.

13: Wunderlich's to Whistler, September 1897, 24 March 1899, and 6 April 1900, GUW #07287, #07305, #07322.