En Plein Soleil
|Size:||101 x 136 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler' upside-down at upper left; 'Whistler.' at lower left|
|Inscribed:||'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.' at lower right (3)|
|Set/Publication:||'French Set', 1858|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.15; M.12; T.4; W.6|
|Impressions taken from this plate (44)|
En Plein Soleil was etched in 1858 and published in November 1858 with the Twelve Etchings from Nature ( the 'French Set').
Lochnan cites Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), as the source of information on a possible sequence of etchings made in Paris before Whistler's Rhine trip (which took place between 14 August / 7 October 1858). These were La Rétameuse , En Plein Soleil , La Mère Gérard , Fumette , and La Mère Gérard, Stooping . However, there seems no particular reason to separate the two portraits of Mère Gérard. Given that only a few months are involved, some of the etchings could certainly date from just after the Rhine trip. 1
1: Lochnan 1984, pp. 28, 29, 31, 57, 226.