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Market Place, Ostend

Impression: National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Australia
Number: 350
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 92 x 134 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.350; M.439
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


It was not published.


No exhibitions are known in Whistler's lifetime. One impression was lent by John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908) to the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905 (cat. no. 380) as 'A Market, Ostend'. The identity of the work is confirmed by the description given in the catalogue. 10

10: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 380).


This is a very rare etching. Only two impressions of Market Place, Ostend have been located. One has a distinguished history, being owned first by Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), then Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), and Charles C. Cunningham (1910-1979), before ending up in the National Gallery of Australia (). The other was sold by Obach & Co., London, to the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, in 1908 for 18.0.0 (). No impression is known in any collection in Britain or the USA.