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Rag Shop, Milman's Row, Chelsea

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 329
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 153 x 229 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: illegible inscription at lower left
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.272; M.267
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)
Rag Shop, Milman's Row, Chelsea dates from 1887. The butterfly signature is consistent with this date.

This may have been the 'Rag Shop' of which Whistler printed three impressions on 4 September 1887. 1 The first sale of what Whistler called 'The Rag shop / Chelsea', which may have been this etching, was on 5 October 1887. 2

The first certain references to this etching, under the title 'Milman's Row (large)', were in sales to Wunderlich & Co., New York, and Messrs Dowdeswell, London, in 1888. 3

1: Printing record, GUW #12716.

2: Whistler to T. McLean, GUW #13014.

3: 29 June and 17 November 1888, GUW #13052, #13028.