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Gold House, Brussels

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 336
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 179 x 67 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.360; M.359
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)
Etching: PK360_01 (plate)
The copper plate for Gold House, Brussels has no maker's mark. It is the same as or close in size to three other Belgian plates, Flower Market, Brussels [339], House of the Swan, Brussels [337], and The Canal, Ostend [352] and to two other 1887 plates, The Steps, Gray's Inn [282] and Dry Docks, Southampton [302], which all share the narrow elongated format. In Brussels the format emphasizes tall, narrow buildings, and in several other plates, a panoramic vista.
It 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 right corner, reaching from near the lower left corner to above centre at right.