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Marchand de Vin, Paris

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 438
Date: 1888/1893
Medium: etching
Size: 82 x 201 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.421; M.429
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


barrel, café, dog, street, tavern, woman, worker.


Whistler's original title is not known, and the names etched on the shop in the etching are not clear. Other published titles are as follows:

'Marchand De Vin' (1900, Caxton Club). 2
'Marchand de Vin, Paris' (1900/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 3
'Marchand de Vin, Paris' (1904, Grolier Club). 4
'Marchand de Vin' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5

'Marchand de Vin, Paris' as noted possibly by Miss Philip, and published by the Grolier Club, is the preferred title.

2: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 272).

3: Written on an etching from Whistler's estate, .

4: New York 1904a (cat. no. 348).

5: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 429).


A glass-fronted café-bar with windows on each side of an open doorway extends from a street-corner at the left to another building with a smaller window at the right. Through the open door two women can be seen in the dark interior, standing under a lamp. On the pavement in front there is a dog to left of the door, scratching, and a large dog lying down to right. Over the café are indistinct signs, possibly reading 'TRATTAUR DOM CE [superscript 'CE'] & RE [superscript 'RE'] VINS TOJOURS' on the awning; 'BAR CHAMBRE' in a roundel above the door, and 'CIDRE' on a sign in the window. The café extends into the street, and has a flat roof or balcony above it where there are big flower pots and plants. Above the roof, there are indications of other buildings behind. There is a gas lamp standing at the corner to left, and the road sign 'RUE MAZARIN' to right of it, on the far side of the road.


The Rue Mazarine leads up to the Rue de Seine, in Paris, France, where Whistler etched Antony's Print Shop, Rue de Seine 477 and Newspaper-Stall, Rue de Seine 474. This café-bar could have been at one of the cross-streets, such as the intersection with the Rue Jacques Callot and Rue Guénégaud.


There are several wine-sellers and wine shops in Whistler's oeuvre, and other adverts for liquor, for example, Café Luxembourg 436 and Marchande de Vin, Ajaccio 485.