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Petite Rue des Bouchers

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 342
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 185 x 84 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.367; M.364
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


This is pure etching, drawn with broken outlines, hooked lines and short dashes and curves, and an irregular series of short lines for the clouds and cobbles. There is very little shading - a little on the wall above the lantern and a few touches on the distant building. There is no drypoint.


Although Whistler listed the impression sold to Wunderlich's in 1888 as 'first state', no second state is known. 8

Only two impressions of Petite Rue des Bouchers are recorded, of which one has been located. It is printed on ivory laid paper in black ink, with light plate tone at the bottom, wiped with distinct vertical strokes (Graphic with a link to impression #K3680102).

8: Whistler to Wunderlich's, 3 May 1888, GUW #13051.