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Railway-Station, Voves

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 387
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 130 x 220 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right (2)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.371; M.371
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)


horse, cart, landscape, people, railway, town, windmill.


Variations on the title and its spelling are as follows:

'Voves. Touraine / / Railway' (1888, Whistler). 1
'Station. Voves' (1888, Whistler). 2
'Railway Station, Voves (French Plates)' (1887/1888, Whistler). 3
'Station Voves' (1889, Whistler). 4
'Railway Station, Vovés' [sic] (1900, Caxton Club). 5
'Railway-Station, Voves' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 6

'Railway Station, Voves' is the most clear and full of Whistler's titles, and is therefore the preferred title. The place is called Voves (not Vovés).

1: Written on K3710203.

2: Written on .

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

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

5: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. E310).

6: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 371).


At the left of a railway-track stands a horse pulling a cart in which there are two people. Behind them stands a woman with a wheelbarrow. Behind them, on the other side of the railway is a railway signal. In the distance, there is a windmill at left, and a village, with trees and scattered houses to right, under a cloudy sky.


Voves is a commune in the Eure-et-Loire department in north-central France. It is on the edge of the Beauce plain and was in Whistler's day where the Chartres-Orleans railway line crossed the Paris-Tours railway line.