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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)


Bird Shop - Seven Dials is pure etching.


The '1st proof' was printed in black ink on a light-weight 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper (). Most impressions were printed in black ink on laid paper, though one was on cream Japanese paper ().
After Whistler died, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) commissioned Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) to print from the plate, which was in quite good condition, before it was cancelled. 11 Two signed impressions by Sparks were printed in black ink, one on ivory laid paper with an Arms of Amsterdam watermark (; see also ).

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