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Hôtel Lallement, Bourges

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 396
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 165 x 271 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.399; M.398
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)
Hôtel Lallemant, Bourges dates from 1888. While on their honeymoon, James and Beatrice Whistler visited Bourges between 23 and 30 September 1888. In a letter from Tours to his sister-in-law Whistler wrote:
'here we are - "in the Garden of France" - pottering about this old town in straw hats and white shoes! - sitting down on benches or borrowing chairs that we may, at our ease, look at the lovely old doorways - and marvelous carvings -...
Mean while we are thinking of Bourges - have you ever been there? - I fancy it must be amazing -' 1
In Bourges, Whistler also etched Windows, Bourges 398 and Windows opposite Hotel, Bourges 397. It may have been these etchings that inspired him to consider the etchings as a 'Renaissance Set'.