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Lindsey Houses

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 161
Date: 1876/1877
Medium: drypoint
Size: 153 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 25
Catalogues: K.166; M.162; W.136
Impressions taken from this plate  (25)
Etching: PK166_01
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK166_02
The copper plate bears the stamp of 'B. MAIRE / PLANEUR A PARIS'. This stamp has been found on only seven extant copper plates: this drypoint, Lindsey Houses, Shipping at Liverpool 100, Sketches of Heads 138, Speke Shore 139, Battersea Morn 174, Greenhithe 173, and Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 159. The size of these copper plates is not identical but ranges from 150 x 225 mm to 231 x 155 mm. The dates appear to range from about 1867 to 1877.
Several of these plates were executed in Liverpool but Lindsey Houses, The Thames towards Erith and Battersea: Dawn were drawn on the River Thames.
Whistler could have bought several plates at the same time or on different occasions when visiting Paris, and evidently used them at times as an alternative to his more usual suppliers, Hughes & Kimber in London.
The copper plate was cancelled with crossed diagonal lines across the image. The cancelled plate was probably among plates bought at Whistler's bankruptcy sale by the Fine Art Society, London. It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.
The copper plate was probably among those acquired in exchange for lithographs from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). 10 The plate was given by Miss R. B. Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

10: Note by R. Birnie Philip, inserted in the album, Hunterian Art Gallery.