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Sketch of Houses

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 15
Date: 1858
Medium: etching
Size: 158 x 225 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.161; M.158
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


building, house, roof, town.


Whistler's original title is not known. Only one title is recorded, as follows:

'Sketch of Houses' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 2
'Sketch of Houses' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 3

2: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 158).

3: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 161).


On the left is the outline of the top of a building with a sloping roof. On the right is a row of steep-roofed three- and four-storey houses, receding into the distance towards the left, some with upper floors projecting over the street. The building at extreme right has a row of low arched windows in a balcony along the top floor. Three buildings to its left is a house with two rows of dormer windows in the roof. Immediately to left of that, a house has bay windows projecting further out on each storey.


Possibly a street in Alsace, which is in eastern France, on the west bank of the Upper Rhine, adjoining Germany and Switzerland.