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Butcher's Shop, Sandwich, Kent

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 320
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 67 x 99 mm
Signed: butterfly above centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.308; M.303
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


Butcher's Shop, Sandwich, Kent, is mainly etching, with vigorous broken outlines for the building and hooked, crooked, shorter lines, dots and dashes for the figures. Above the window is a broad area with bands of shading. Within the window is a more elaborately - but untidily - cross-hatched area, possibly augmented with drypoint.


It is very rare. The '1st. proof' was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper (). It was trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with Whistler's butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed it. One impression was in dark brown ink on off-white - almost grey - laid paper () and another in black ink on cream laid paper removed from an old book (). These two were also trimmed to the platemark but the tab must have been cut off by accident so Whistler's signature and 'imp.' is written on the verso.