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Fishing Quay, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 351
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 129 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.352; M.348
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Whistler drew this quickly, with bold, scrawly, broken lines and expressive squiggles, curves and dots, suggesting light, space and movement. It is pure etching, with no drypoint.


Fve impressions have been located. The '1st proof' and another early impression were printed in black ink on ivory laid paper (, ). Other impressions were in dark brown ink, one on an ivory watermarked laid paper () and one on buff laid paper with a partial watermark, 'PRO PATRIA AS' (). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler printed them.