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Tour Saint Antoine, Loches

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 414
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 149 x 81 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.392; M.389
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)
Etching: PK392_01
The copper plate has no maker's mark. Several plates done on the same trip - none of which have a maker's stamp - are similar in size, including Doorway, Stables - Loches 416, Booth, Market Place, Loches 425, Rue des Bons Enfants, Tours 392, Market Women, Loches 423, Windows, Bourges 398 and Children, Amboise 432. The plates may have been bought in Paris, en route to the Loire valley.
The plate was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). It was printed at her request by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956). 7 It was then cancelled with a diagonal line from above centre left to just left of the lower right corner. Miss Philip gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

7: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Spark's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, p. 340 et seq.