The Canal, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 352
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 67 x 179 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.353; M.350; W.248
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)
Etching: PK353_01 (plate)
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK353_02 (plate)
The copper plate has a partial oval maker's stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is close in size to The Steps, Gray's Inn [282], Dry Docks, Southampton [302], Flower Market, Brussels [339] and Gold House, Brussels [336], all of which date from 1887.
It was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). At her request, three impressions were printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) in 1931. 10 The plate was then cancelled with a nearly vertical line to left of centre. Miss Philip gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935, and bequeathed two of the Sparks impressions to the Unviersity in 1958.

10: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 343, 349.