Gold House, Brussels

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 336
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 179 x 67 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.360; M.359
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


Gold House, Brussels was not published officially, but is considered part of a 'Brussels Set'.


It was first exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. An impression may have been lent under another title ('Guild House, Brussels') by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900. Lathrop did not own an impression of 'Guild House', which is more usually called Flower Market, Brussels [339] - or at least, if he did, it has disappeared. However, he did own a Gold House, Brussels, and it is likely that this is what was on show (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600102). 8

8: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 294); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

In 1903 an impression was on sale at Obach & Co. in London and was bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600103).

After Whistler's death impressions were shown in New York in 1904 at the Grolier Club and John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) lent an impression to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 9

9: New York 1904a (cat. no. 387); London Mem. 1905 (cat. nos. 347).


Whistler sold an impression on 29 June 1888 to the New York print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co., for £8.8.0. 10 He sold another on 17 November 1888 to Messrs Dowdeswell in London at the same price. 11 H. Wunderlich & Co. recorded sales in 1899 and subsequent years at £6.6.0, but these may be duplicated, and represent stock-taking. 12 Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) may have bought his impression from Wunderlich's (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600102).

In 1903 Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from Obach & Co., which was said to be from the 'Cox Collection' - possibly James Cox-Cox (ca 1849- d.1901) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600103). A few years later, in 1908 Obach's sold one to the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600105). It was probably from Knoedler & Co., New York that Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971) bought another impression in the 1920s (Graphic with a link to impression #K3600104).

10: GUW #13052.

11: GUW #13028.

12: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 24 March 1899, GUW #07305; 6 April 1900, #07322; 16 April 1901, #07330.