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En Plein Soleil

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 11
Date: 1858
Medium: etching
Size: 101 x 136 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' upside-down at upper left; 'Whistler.' at lower left
Inscribed: 'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.' at lower right (3)
Set/Publication: 'French Set', 1858
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 44
Catalogues: K.15; M.12; T.4; W.6
Impressions taken from this plate  (44)
En Plein Soleil was etched in 1858 and published in November 1858 with the Twelve Etchings from Nature ( the 'French Set').
Lochnan cites Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910), as the source of information on a possible sequence of etchings made in Paris before Whistler's Rhine trip (which took place between 14 August / 7 October 1858). These were La Rétameuse 026, En Plein Soleil 011, La Mère Gérard 024, Fumette 012, and La Mère Gérard, Stooping 025. However, there seems no particular reason to separate the two portraits of Mère Gérard. Given that only a few months are involved, some of the etchings could certainly date from just after the Rhine trip. 1

1: Lochnan 1984[more], pp. 28, 29, 31, 57, 226.