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Grand'Place, Brussels

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 335
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 222 x 143 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 15
Catalogues: K.362; M.354; W.251
Impressions taken from this plate  (15)
Etching: PK362_01 (plate)
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK362_02 (plate)
The copper plate is the same as or close in size to The Cock and the Pump [321], The Fleet: Monitors [306], Jubilee Place, Chelsea [276] and to two plates bearing the oval stamp of Hughes & Kimber (Palaces, Brussels [338], 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. Given the consistency in size of these etchings from 1887, it seems likely they were all made by Hughes & Kimber.
The copper plate for Grand'Place, 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.