Ch√Ęteau d'Amboise

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 431
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 110 x 68 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.393; M.393
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


It was never published. However, it is related to Whistler's unpublished 'Renaissance Set'.


An impression was lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K3930102). 7

7: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 257).

After Whistler's death impressions were lent to the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 8

8: New York 1904a (cat. no. 382); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 342).


On 25 January 1889 the London art dealer Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929) told Whistler that an impression of 'Chateau d'Amboise' submitted for approval to 'my client in the country' had been returned. 9 However, Whistler sold a 'first state' - probably Graphic with a link to impression #K3930103 - on 27 March 1889 to the Fine Art Society for £6.6.0 and possibly another on 21 May 1889 at the same price. 10 The first of these was later owned by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938).

9: GUW #00912.

10: Whistler to E.G. Brown, GUW #13000; #13001.