Sunflowers, Marché St Germain, Paris

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 437
Date: 1888/1893
Medium: etching
Size: 223 x 282 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.422; M.417; W.258
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Sunflowers, Marché St Germain was not published.


The first known exhibition was at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. This was followed by the show organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago, in 1900, to which both Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220102) and Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent an impression (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220106). 14 It was also shown in international exhibitions at Buffalo and Philadelphia in 1901 and 1902, the latter lent by Mansfield again. 15

Finally, impressions were shown in the Memorial Exhibitions after Whistler's death, in Boston in 1904 and London in 1905. 16

14: New York 1898 (cat. no. 291); Chicago 1900 (cat. nos. 224-224a).

15: Buffalo 1901 (cat. no. 1387); Philadelphia 1902 (cat. no. 947 [258]).

16: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 185); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 256).


One impression, listed as 'Sun flowers. Rue des Beaux Arts', was sold by the artist to Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) in 1898 for a comparatively high price - £10.10.0 - and was exhibited at H. Wunderlich & Co. in New York in 1898. This was probably the impression acquired by Bryan Lathrop (1844-1916) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220102). 17

As 'The Marché St. Germain -' an impression was sold to the London print dealer Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) on 8 June 1903 for £15.15.0. 18 This was a lot of money and suggests it was a rare or fine impression, or both. Possibly it was the unique impression acquired by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) that had been worked over in pen and ink, and was later sold to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220106).

17: Wunderlich's, record of 1898 sales, 24 March 1899, GUW #07305.

18: Invoice, GUW #13042.

Of the three impressions printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) for Whistler's sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), and bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, one was exchanged with the Rijksmuseum (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220205), one sold to the National Gallery of Art (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220104) and one kept by the Hunterian Art Gallery (Graphic with a link to impression #K4220103).