Market Women, Loches
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||149 x 80 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
'The Donkey Market P[l]ace Loches (French Plates)' (1887/1888, Whistler). 1
'Donkey, The, Market Place Loches' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 2
'Market Women Loches' (1891, Whistler). 3
'The Donkey, Market Place. Loches' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 4
'Poultry-Market, Loches' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 5
Some of these titles are downright confusing; no donkey is visible, and the poultry are very tiny indeed, if that is what the little heads poking out of a basket are. It is just possible that the 'donkey' reference was a family joke (known to Whistler, his wife and sister-in-law), and referred to the back view of a woman bending down to pick up a load of goods, to left of centre.
The more appropriate title, 'Market Women, Loches', is based on Whistler's 1891 title, and was accepted at that date by H. Wunderlich & Co., and by collectors (The same title, 'Market women - Loches' was written at some time on ).
1: List, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233.
2: List, GUW #12715.
3: Whistler to Wunderlich, 6 April 1891, GUW #13097.
4: Envelope containing copper plate, Hunterian Art Gallery.
5: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 389).