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Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 184
Date: 1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 137 x 201 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: Printseller's Association, 1879.
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 49
Catalogues: K.181; M.178; W.147
Impressions taken from this plate  (49)
Hurlingham was etched in January 1879. It was published by Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), for The Printsellers' Association in January 1879.
Whistler, whose affairs were in a dire financial state, was in fear of the bailiffs arriving to take his property as settlement for his debts. He wrote to his lawyer, James Anderson Rose (1819-1890):
'do send someone over to Lewis or Levy the first thing tomorrow - I am so afraid that they may come down upon me in the course of the day - and if I can get over into next week I believe it will be all right - for I have been getting on with some etching plates today that I am sure McLean will take directly they are finished - (keep it dark though - or they might seize the plates before I can get them out of my hands) - ' 1

1: Whistler to J. A. Rose, 23 January 1879, GUW #08759.

Other Thames subjects from around this date include Old Battersea Bridge [188], Old Putney Bridge [185], Little Putney Bridge [186] and The Little Putney [187].