Theatre, Loches

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 418
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 101 x 68 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.387; M.388
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


It was never published.


Theatre, Loches was first exhibited by H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. An impression - possibly this one - was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3870102). 5

5: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 315). See REFERENCES : EXHIBITIONS.

Impressions also appeared in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, at the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904 and in London in 1905. 6

6: New York 1904a (cat. no. 375); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 337).


Whistler sold a 'first state', priced at £5.5.0 and numbered '4' in a group of 14 etchings sold to the Fine Art Society, London, on 27 March 1889. 7 This was eventually acquired by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), and has Whistler's inscription '1st State.' and the number '4' neatly written on the verso (Graphic with a link to impression #K3870104).

Whistler later sold two to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for £3.3.0 each on 6 April 1891. 8 In May 1891, Wunderlich's sold the first of these to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) (Graphic with a link to impression #K3870103). The other may have been the impression bought by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916), who certainly had one by 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3870102).

7: Whistler to E. G. Brown, GUW #13000.

8: GUW #13097; see also 24 March 1899, #07305.