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The Little Rag Shop, Milman's Row

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 265
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 71 x 103 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.257; M.253; W.209
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)


This etching has just a few drypoint additions, mostly darkening the shading within the doorway.


There may have been a limited print run of less than ten impressions of The Little Rag Shop, Milman's Row. '7' was written, possibly by Whistler, on one impression of the second state, and might be an indication of the number printed ().
On 4 September 1887 Whistler printed three impressions of 'Rag Shop'. It may be that the second state was done at this time. Furthermore, on 18 July 1889 Whistler said that he had three proofs of 'Rag Shop Chelsea' in stock. However, in each case, he could have been referring to this etching, or Rag Shop, Milman's Row, Chelsea 329 or The Rag Shop, Milman's Row 290. 13

13: [26 September 1887], GUW #12716; #13235.

Impressions were printed in dark brown ink with very light tone, usually on ivory laid paper (i.e. , ) although one is on buff or browned paper (). Most were trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them, although one is trimmed but not signed on the tab () and one, where the tab appears to have been cut off, has it re-attached () .