Quai de Montebello

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 385
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 152 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.417; M.366
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)
Etching: PK417_01 (plate)
The copper plate does not have a maker's mark, but is close in size to a lot of Whistler's etchings including several London streets and shop-fronts such as Rag Shop, Milman's Row, Chelsea [329], Price's Candle Factory [166], Lindsey Houses [161], Bird-Cages, Chelsea [297], Clothes-Exchange, Houndsditch. No. 2 [359], and Merton Villa, Chelsea [381] all of which date from about 1887.
The plate remained in Whistler's studio and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). She gave permission for a few impressions to be printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) in 1931. 9 It was then cancelled with a diagonal line at right. Miss Philip gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

9: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 348, 352.