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Courtyard, Rue P. L. Courier, Tours

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 391
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 147 x 81 mm
Signed: butterfly above centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.368; M.369
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)


The plate was executed mainly in etching, with just one small patch of drypoint shading added in the final state. The subject was drawn with broken lines, some long, loose lines of shading and zigzag lines, and many small areas of shading, like patchwork, particularly on the windows.


A first state of Courtyard, Rue P. L. Courier, Tours was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper () and the second, similarly, in black on 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper ().
Impressions of the final state were printed in dark brown ink. Two are on light-weight 'antique' laid paper (, ), and four on ivory laid paper (, , , ).
Most were trimmed to the platemark and signed on a tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler printed them. However, two impressions of the final state were trimmed on three sides, signed in the same way, but not trimmed along the bottom (, ).