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)


Quai de Montebello was not published.


It was first exhibited by the print dealers, H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898 and also in 1903, when Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought a second state impression (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170202). 12 An impression was lent by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 and to a Whistler Memorial show in Boston in 1904 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170102). 13

An impression was also shown in the comprehensive Grolier Club exhibition in New York in 1904. Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) himself lent one to the Whistler Memorial show in London in 1905. 14

12: New York 1903b (cat. no. 227); see REFERENCES: EXHIBITIONS.

13: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 308), Boston 1904 (cat. no. 213).

14: New York 1904a (cat. no. 346); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 317).


Whistler first sold 'Quai de Montebello' to H. Wunderlich & Co. for £12.12.0 in June 1888. They sold one in 1899 and another in 1900, priced at £10.10.0. 15

Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression of the second state from H. Wunderlich & Co. on 11 March 1903 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170202). Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) owned one by 1900 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170102). Another impression, sold by Knoedler & Co., New York, was acquired by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), and later by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), who gave it to the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170204).

One impression, handled by Colnaghi & Co. - and therefore possibly from the artist's executrix Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) - was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170z01). Miss Philip had inherited the plate and kept some impressions, including a first state ( Graphic with a link to impression #K4170103) and had more printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4170203).

15: 29 June 1888, 24 March 1899, 6 April 1900, GUW #13052, #07305, #07322.