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The Beach, Hastings

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 150
Date: 1875/1878
Medium: drypoint
Size: 160 x 235 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 20
Catalogues: K.116; M.100; W.101
Impressions taken from this plate  (20)


It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) lent an impression to the Union League Club in New York 1881 and to the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). 12

It was exhibited in New York by the print dealers H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1903. 13

After Whistler's death, impressions were shown in the comprehensive show at the Grolier Club in 1904, as well as in the London Memorial Exhibition of 1905. 14

12: New York 1881 (cat. no. 129); Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 95).

13: New York 1903b (cat. no. 82); see REFERENCE : EXHIBITIONS.

14: New York 1904a (cat. no. 107); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 101).


Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904) probably bought his impression direct from Whistler (). Whistler sold an impression of 'Hastings Shore' to Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890) in November 1877 for 1.1.0. 15

One impression, described as a 'Trial Proof' was at one time with Charles Dowdeswell (1856?-1921), and later, Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) and Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), before being bought by the Library of Congress (). Another impression that may have come direct from Whistler was owned by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), and later sold through Obach & Co., London, to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) in December 1903 ().

15: 16-21 November 1877, GUW #12740.