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San Biagio

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 237
Date: 1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 212 x 308 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 17
Known impressions: 68
Catalogues: K.197; M.194; W.163
Impressions taken from this plate  (68)
San Biagio dates from 1880. Whistler arrived in Venice in September 1879. He was active in Venice from October 1879 to October 1880 and was back in London in November 1880.
San Biagio was probably done in the summer or autumn of 1880 when Whistler was staying at the Casa Jankowitz on the Riva San Biagio, because it shows the beach where his fellow American artists kept their boats. Works dating from the same period include The Riva 229, Riva, No. 2 230, Upright Venice 232, Turkeys 236, Old Women 234 and Bead Stringers 235.
San Biagio was published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau with the Twenty-six Etchings (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.