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Furniture Shop

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 278
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 97 x 165 mm
Signed: butterfly above centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.266; M.262; W.216
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


awning, furniture, shop, shop-front, streetscape.


There are no variations in the title used by Whistler and later cataloguers, except in punctuation, as in the following examples:

'Furniture Shop' (1887/1888, Whistler). 2
'Furniture Shop' (1899, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 3
'Furniture-Shop' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 4

Whistler's version, 'Furniture Shop', also used by Wedmore, is preferred.

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

3: Wedmore 1899[more] (cat. no. 216).

4: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 266).


Two awnings, the right one fully extended, shade two shop fronts. The word 'BECCING' or 'BEDDING' is written faintly on the wall below the left awning. On the pavement at right are a chest of drawers, a table and high backed chair, and other furniture; in front of the shop at the left are more goods including papers and pictures or posters.


One of several old clothes, bric-a brac and furniture shops, probably in Chelsea, London. It is related to The Rag Shop, Milman's Row 290, which is similar in size as well as subject.