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Bird Shop - Seven Dials

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 384
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 135 x 98 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.281; M.276
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)
Etching: PK281_01
The copper plate does not have a maker's stamp, but it is close in size to many of Whistler's plates including figure studies (Resting by the Stove 372, The Fan 375, Baby Pettigrew 374) and townscapes (i. e. The Market, Bruges 354, Château de Bridoré 409, Place Daumont, Tours 390, Petite Rue au Beurre, Brussels 341) most of which date from 1887 and 1888.
The copper plate was in Whistler's estate at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). At her request, it was printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) in 1931. 10 It was then cancelled with a diagonal line across the upper left corner. Miss Philip gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

10: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 344, 352.