Z. Astruc, Editor of 'L'Artiste'
|Size:||230 x 154 mm|
|Signed:||'Whistler - ' at lower left|
|Inscribed:||'1859.' at lower left|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||3|
|Catalogues:||K.53; M.53; T.66; W.49|
|Impressions taken from this plate (21)|
Originally some figures appeared at the bottom of the plate, as printed in the first state. These were not by Whistler, which showed that he was re-using an old plate that had been worked on by someone else. Whistler wrote 'figures not mine -' on this impression (). In some impressions an earlier inscription on the plate is visible, which reads 'LamonT' and 'Lammont' (with the 'L' reversed) (see ). This suggests that the plate had been worked on by Thomas Reynolds Lamont (1826-1898), who was a fellow student of Whistler's in Paris. In 1857 Whistler had tried to persuade several of his fellow pupils including Lamont to try their hand at etching. Thomas Armstrong (1832-1911) described the occasion:
14: Whistler with a hat 044, Fumette's Bent Head 058, Venus 060, Arthur Haden 066, Mr Mann 073, Axenfeld 068 and Riault (The Wood Engraver) 069.
16: Cat. nos. 960-68.
The copper plate was probably among those acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) in exchange for a number of lithographs. 17
The plate was later given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935. She owned two of the cancelled sets; one of these was cut up, and the rather mangled impressions were stuck on the envelopes containing the plates ().
17: Note by R. Birnie Philip, inserted in the album, Hunterian Art Gallery.