The Beach, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 353
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 82 x 185 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.354; M.347
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)
Etching: PK354_01 (plate)
Recto, above; verso, below.
Etching: PK354_02 (plate)
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' (x 2). It is a narrow envelope format, suited to the panoramic subject. It is the same size as Fleur-de-lis Passage [360] and The Orator, Buffalo Bill [293], and close to Petite Rue des Bouchers [342], all dating from 1887.
The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who asked Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) to print a few proofs in 1931. 8 It was then cancelled with a slanting line at right. She gave the plate to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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