Church, Amsterdam

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 445
Date: 1889
Medium: etching
Size: 220 x 131 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.411; M.410
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


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 However, it is related to Whistler's unpublished 'Amsterdam Set'.


It was rare and rarely exhibited. It may have been exhibited by the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) in 1890. 11 One impression was owned by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916), who lent it to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4110102). 12

Impressions also appeared in two of the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904 and in London in 1905. 13

11: London Dunthorne 1890.

12: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 286).

13: New York 1904a (cat. no. 288); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 355).


A brief note by Whistler gives the price of 'Church (Amsterdam)' and Jews' Quarter, Amsterdam [449] as £12.12.0. 14 Whistler sold one impression on 6 April 1891 to H. Wunderlich & Co. of New York for £12.12.0. 15 Another list, from about 1894, lists 'Church - Amsterdam' at £8.8.0, but it is not clear if a print was sold to Wunderlich's at that point, or if that was a record of a possible reduction in price. 16

Only three early collectors are known: Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4110102); Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4110104); and Harry Brisbane Dick (1855-1916), who acquired the cancelled impression (Graphic with a link to impression #K4120201).

14: [1889/1890], GUW #12723.

15: Heijbroek 1997, p. 88; Whistler to Wunderlich, GUW #13097.

16: [January/June 1894], GUW #07271.