|Size:||149 x 80 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||2|
|Impressions taken from this plate (3)|
Possibly 'Little Hotel Alemant - Bourges' (1888, Whistler). 3
Possibly 'Little Hotel Allemant' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)) 4
'Windows, Bourges' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5
'Windows, Bourges', the title published by Mansfield and later cataloguers, has been accepted. The title can be confused with that of Windows opposite Hotel, Bourges 397.
Neither Whistler nor his wife actually included an etching called 'Windows, Bourges' in listing all the 'French Plates' from their honeymoon, but he listed one called 'Little Hotel Alemant - Bourges' and this has not otherwise been identified (it was distinguished in the list from Hôtel Lallement, Bourges 396).
However, to avoid confusion, the title published by Mansfield and later cataloguers, 'Windows, Bourges', has been accepted.
3: List, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233; and also B. Whistler's list, [1890/1892], #12715.
4: List, [1890/1892], GUW #12715.
5: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 399).
This could be 2 Rue d'Auron, the house of Sire de Leodepard, directeur des Monnaies de Bourges, which was for a long time thought, wrongly, to be the birthplace of Jacques Coeur. 6
Alternatively it could be of one of the windows of the large wooden house on the corner of the Place Cordaine. 7
According to Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), 'This house is near the Hôtel d'Or in Bourges, and is one of the group etched by Meryon.' 8 In 1853 Charles Méryon (1821-1868) had etched a melodramatic view of a group of buildings in La Rue des Toiles, à Bourges. 9 However, it certainly is not exactly the same building, or viewpoint, seen in Whistler's etching. Whistler's simple, vignetted view contrasts very strongly with the high finish and melodramatic lighting of Meryon's composition.
Whistler's Bourges etchings, apart from this one, are Court of the Monastery of St. Augustine, Bourges 403, Hôtel Lallement, Bourges 396, Windows opposite Hotel, Bourges 397, Notre-Dame, Bourges 402 and Beatrice Whistler painting from a window, Bourges 399.
6: Roger Richet, Bourges pas a pas, Ambiele, 1984, pp. 25-6.
7: A. Buhot de Kersers, Statistique monumentale du département du Cher, Bourges, 1875, pl. xv.
8: J. Pennell, Draft catalogue of Whistler's etchings (cat. no. 313), Library of Congress, Pennell Collection, Box 353.
9: Etching and drypoint, Delteil 55, Schneiderman 31.