Market Place, Ostend
|Size:||92 x 134 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
Market Place, Ostend was probably drawn in September 1887 when Whistler visited Ostend and Brussels, although stylistically it could have dated from earlier. The butterfly signature is consistent with a date of 1886 or 1887.
There is no record of a trip to Ostend in 1886 except for a newspaper, which stated that he had been working in Ostend during the summer of 1886:
'Ostend has been the scene of Mr. Whistler's summer tasks. He has etched and sketched the busy stir of life on the Digue and in the Kursaal. There are under a dozen etchings, besides the two nocturnes [Petite Bonne à la porte d'une auberge y367] in oil for the coming show in Suffolk-street. A limited number only of the plates will be issued from the Fulham studio press, for in this instance Mr. Whistler will be his own pressman.' 1
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) wrote that Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936) 'thinks that this etching was done in September, 1896.' This was incorrect, and may have been derived from Mansfield's own suggestion that the image represented Calais. 2
2: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 439).
Etchings of Ostend include Fish Women, Ostend 349, Fishing Quay, Ostend 351, The Canal, Ostend 352 and The Beach, Ostend 353.