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St James's Park

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 250
Date: 1885
Medium: etching
Size: 68 x 100 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.255; M.251; W.207
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)
Etching: PK255_01
The copper plate bears the oval stamp of 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' These were Whistler's favourite suppliers of copper plates.
It is a very small plate, the same in size and stamp as several etchings including Gypsy Baby 373, Cottage Door 252, and The Japanese Dress 371. It is also very close in size to The Fur Tippet: Miss Lenoir 365, The Menpes Children 300, Theatre, Loches 418, Children's Fruit Barrow 347, The Little Hat 366, Wimpole Street 279, The Baby, Gray's Inn 288, Windows opposite Hotel, Bourges 397, and Head of Whistler 318, which all date from slightly later.
The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death, and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It may have been cancelled lightly with diagonal lines, or these same marks may just be accidental scratches.