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Children's Fruit Barrow

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 347
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 67 x 100 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.365; M.362
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


barrow, children, fruit, people, streetscape.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'Children Fruit Barrow' (1887/1888, Whistler). 1
'Childrens Fruit Barrow' (1889, Whistler). 2
'Children (Fruit Barrow) ' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 3
'Brussels Children' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 4

The second of Whistler's titles, with added punctuation, becoming 'Children's Fruit Barrow', is preferred.

1: List, [1887/1888], GUW #13233.

2: List, 18 July 1889, GUW #13235.

3: List, [1890/1892], GUW #12715.

4: Kennedy 1902 (cat. no. 352).


A hand barrow with boxes of fruit is in the left foreground. Behind it is girl, sitting in front of a dark window or low doorway, and a small child, standing on the barrow or on a chair behind the barrow. To right, between the handles of the barrow, is a girl sitting on a wooden chair, and to right of her, a seated girl with a child on her lap. At far right is a street corner, and a standing figure.


Probably in the city of Brussels, capital of Belgium. The subject is very similar to that of another Brussels etching, The Barrow - Quartier des Marolles, Brussels [346].