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Fish Women, Ostend

Impression: Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Number: 349
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 96 x 133 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.349; M.349
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)
Fish Women, Ostend probably dates from September 1887, when Whistler is known to have visited Belgium (Walter Dowdeswell commented on 15 September, 'he's away at Ostende'). 1 The butterfly signature on the plate is consistent with a date about 1887.

1: W. Dowdeswell to W. A. Ingram, 15 September 1887, GUW #11320.

The etching could stylistically have dated from 1886, but it does not appear in Wedmore's catalogue of 1886, 2 which suggests (although his listing is not entirely comprehensive) that it is of a later date.

2: Wedmore 1886 A[more].

Etchings of Ostend include Market Place, Ostend 350, Fishing Quay, Ostend 351, The Canal, Ostend 352 and The Beach, Ostend 353.