ChÃ¢teau de Verneuil, Touraine
|Size:||178 x 128 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (4)|
'Chateau Verneuilee (French Plates)' (1887/1888, Whistler). 2
'Chateau Vernauille' (1889, Whistler). 3
'Chateau Verneuillee' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4
'Chateau de Verneuil, Touraine' (1901, Wunderlich's). 5
'Château Verneuil' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 6
'Château Verneuil, Loches' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 7
'Château Verneuil, Touraine' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 8
It does seem that, despite his inaccurate spelling, Whistler preferred the title 'Château Verneuil'. The town of Loches on the Loire is in Touraine, so the addition of the place name is helpful.
'Château de Verneuil, Touraine', as listed by Wunderlich's in 1901, is the most accurate of published titles, and was probably suggested by Whistler at that time, and so has been preferred over the titles proposed by Kennedy and Mansfield at a later date. There is, however, still a danger that the subject can be confused with other Loire subjects, such Château Touraine 410.
Verneuil-le-chateau is another small commune in Indre-et- Loire. Nearby castles include Montpoupon, le Grand Presnigny, Montrésor, Le Guerche, La Calee Guénand. 10
Whistler etched several chateaux in the valley of the Loire, including Château de Bridoré 409 and Château Touraine 410.
9: John Murray, A Handbook for Travellers in France, 1875, pp 134-5.
10: Andre Ploix, Verneuil [Oise]. Chateau Royal oublie, ses pierres, ses hotes illustres, Paris, 1957.