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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)


children, fishing, fishing boats, lamp, market, people, quay, sailing ship, stall, woman standing.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'Fishing Quai Ostende' (1887/2888, Whistler). 3
'Fish Quay' (1887, Whistler). 4
'Fishing Quay Ostend' (1887/1888, Whistler). 5
'Quay, Ostend' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 6
'Fishing-Quay, Ostend' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 7

'Fishing Quay, Ostend' is the title, based on Whistler's titles.

3: Written on .

4: Whistler to T. McLean, 17 November 1887, GUW #13016.

5: List, [1887/1888], GUW #13233.

6: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 318).

7: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 348).


A broad road leads up to the quayside. The masts of six or seven fishing boats can be seen at the top of the slope. In the foreground at right are two women standing with arms crossed looking at the viewer. Several other women and children are walking to and from the quay. Along the quay there are street lamps, and on each side are buildings: on the right a three-storey building, on the left a smaller building with tall windows, possibly a market, with in front of it a small stall with people clustered about it.


The quayside of the fishing port of Ostend, Belgium, an important ferry terminal. Whistler wrote ''Fishing Quai Ostende' on one impression (). Fish Women, Ostend 349 shows a similar scene.