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Little Chelsea (Memorial)

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 315
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 52 x 83 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.331; M.323; W.246
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)
Etching: PK331_01
The copper plate was stamped twice with the oval maker's stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.'
It is a very small plate, of the size that could easily be slipped in a pocket. Whistler used a similar size for another Chelsea subject, Little Maunder's 273, and other small sketches including Dieppe 251, The Dray Horse 292, and The Little Cloak 370.
The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and 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.