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Antony's Print Shop, Rue de Seine

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 477
Date: 1894/1900
Medium: etching
Size: 152 x 192 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.431; M.428
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


dog, paintings, , people, shop-front, streetscape.


Possible titles are as follows:

'ANTONY' (1890s, Whistler). 3
'Antony - / print shop. / Rue de Seine' (1890s, Whistler). 4
'Picture-Shop, Rue de Seine' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5
'Antony's print shop, Rue de Seine' (2011, WEP).

The title, 'Antony's print shop, Rue de Seine' is based on Whistler's annotation, with the punctuation clarified.

3: Etched on the copper plate.

4: Inscribed on .

5: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 428).


At the left is a shop with an open doorway between large show-windows. In the window at the right, and on the wall, pictures are displayed, and to right, a woman is standing with back turned and arms akimbo. looking at the pictures. Over the door are wrought iron gratings protecting a rectangular skylight. The lower portions of the doorway and show-windows are not expressed in detail, although a dog is indicated in front of the door, at left. Over the shop is the sign 'ANTONY' below two large windows with opened shutters; the window on the left is fully open, and the one on the right closed, with curtains and plants (or flower-patterned curtains) seen through the glass. To right of the shop a short, plump woman is emerging from a covered passageway that leads to a narrow street. There is a door in the shadowed wall to right, in the passage, and indications of an arched window and a decorative balcony above the passage.


The Rue de Seine is in the Latin Quarter of Paris. The print shop of Veuve Antony was at 34 rue de Seine in the early 1890s. 6 In the same street Whistler etched Newspaper-Stall, Rue de Seine 474.

6: Almanach-Bottin du commerce de Paris ... , Paris, 1891- 1894 (Antony was not at that address in 1898).