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The Beach, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 353
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 82 x 185 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.354; M.347
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)
The Beach, Ostend probably dates from 1887, but could date from the previous year. The butterfly signature is consistent with these dates. It is the same size as two other etchings, Fleur-de-lis Passage 360 and The Orator, Buffalo Bill 293, and close to Petite Rue des Bouchers 342, all dating from 1887. Furthermore it is probably the etching sold as 'Beach' in November 1887. 1

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

There is no record of a trip to Ostend in 1886 except for one newspaper, which stated that Whistler 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 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.' 2
Other Ostend views include Fish Women, Ostend 349, Market Place, Ostend 350, Fishing Quay, Ostend 351 and The Canal, Ostend 352.