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Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 184
Date: 1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 137 x 201 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: Printseller's Association, 1879.
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 49
Catalogues: K.181; M.178; W.147
Impressions taken from this plate  (49)
The copper plate of Hurlingham was a different size from any other etching plate. It has not been located.
By April 1879, Whistler was bankrupt, and the copper plate for Hurlingham was nearly seized and sold on behalf of his creditors. On 2 April his lawyer, James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), wrote to the auctioneers: 'Lofts & Warner have included two copper plates[;] one belongs to Hogarth & one to McLean but these must be excluded from my inventory.' 4 This shows that the plate no longer belonged to Whistler. The plate was probably in the possession of Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), after 1879.

4: J. A. Rose to Lewis & Lewis, 2 April 1879, GUW #11932.