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Wych Street, London

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 176
Date: 1877
Medium: etching
Size: 216 x 139 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.159; M.156; W.132
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)
Etching: PK159_01 (plate)
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK159_02 (plate)
The copper plate has the oval maker's stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is close in size to several other Hughes & Kimber plates of the 1870s including Florence Leyland [136], Sleeping Girl [127], Nude Reclining [126] and The Desk [129].
It is not known if it was sold at the time of Whistler's bankruptcy and later retrieved by the artist or somehow kept out of the sale; however it is known that it was printed by him in 1887. The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower left corner.