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Palaces, Brussels

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 338
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 222 x 142 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 16
Catalogues: K.361; M.355; W.252
Impressions taken from this plate  (16)
Etching: PK361_01 (plate)
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK361_02 (plate)
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.'
It is the same or close in size to several etchings dating from 1887 (Grand'Place, Brussels [335], The Cock and the Pump [321], The Fleet: Monitors [306], Jubilee Place, Chelsea [276]) including another bearing the Hughes & Kimber stamp (Her Majesty's Fleet: Evening [310]). The original large copper sheets were probably stamped before being cut into smaller sizes. Thus some Hughes & Kimber plates do not have a stamp on the verso. It seems likely all these plates were made by Hughes & Kimber.
The copper plate of Palaces, Brussels 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.