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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)
Etching: PK349_01
On the verso is the oval stamp of Whistler's favourite suppliers. 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' Copper plates of similar size, with the same stamp, include J.H. Woods' Fruit Shop, Chelsea 327, Gates, City, London 280 and Marbles 270. They probably date from earlier in the same year.
Plates of similar size and date, but not bearing the Hughes & Kimber stamp, include The Rag Shop, Milman's Row 290, Petticoat Lane 299, Doorway, Gray's Inn 289 and Doorway, Sandwich 323.
The 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. The plate was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower right corner.