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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)
Etching: PK354_01
Recto, above; verso, below.
Etching: PK354_02
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' (x 2). It is a narrow envelope format, suited to the panoramic subject. It is the same size as Fleur-de-lis Passage 360 and The Orator, Buffalo Bill 293, and close to Petite Rue des Bouchers 342, all dating from 1887.
The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who asked Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) to print a few proofs in 1931. 8 It was then cancelled with a slanting line at right. She gave the plate to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

8: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 343, 349.