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Melon Shop, Houndsditch

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 355
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 128 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 5
Known impressions: 10
Catalogues: K.293; M.288
Impressions taken from this plate  (10)
Etching: PK293_01
This is one of a batch of copper plates of identical size bought from Hughes & Kimber, and bearing on the verso their oval stamp: ''HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.'. Most date from 1887 (i.e. T. A. Nash's Greengrocer's Shop 298, Shaving and Shampooing 442, Cutler Street, Houndsditch 361, Exeter Street 274). Two unstamped plates of the same size, Nut Shop, St James's Place, Houndsditch 356 and The Visitors' Boat 303, dating from 1887, probably come from the same source. Three date from the following year, 1888 and one perhaps from later. 10

10: The Door of the Chapel, Montrésor 422, The Clock Tower - Amboise 429, Little Market Place, Tours 389; The Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No. 2 444

The Melon Shop, Houndsditch 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 was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower left corner.