Greengrocer's Shop, Paris

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 471
Date: 1892/1894
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 128 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.424; M.427
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Greengrocer's Shop, Paris was not published.


It was first exhibited in 1900, when Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) lent his impression for the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club, Chicago (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240102). 12 This was, as far as is known, the only exhibition in Whistler's lifetime.

After the artist's death, an impression was shown at Obach's in London in 1903, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent his impression to exhibitions in Boston in 1904 and 1910 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240108). In 1904, an impression was also shown at the Grolier Club, New York and Herbert Charles Jerome Pollitt (1871-1942) lent one to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 13

12: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 270).

13: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 228); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 374).


Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) bought an impression from the Company of the Butterfly, in London, Whistler's brief-lived business outlet, possibly in 1899 (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240102). Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) lent one to exhibitions from 1904 on (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240108). One may have been owned by the Royal Collection, Windsor, and was certainly owned later by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935) (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240103). Benedict is also said to have owned an impression that was later bequeathed to Cornell University by William P. Chapman Jr (Graphic with a link to impression #K4240105).