Windows opposite Hotel, Bourges
|Size:||100 x 67 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
Windows opposite hotel, Bourges dates from 1888. On Whistler's honeymoon in 1888 he made four etchings that have Bourges as part of the title: this, Hôtel Lallement, Bourges 396, Windows, Bourges 398, and Notre-Dame, Bourges 402. The honeymoon trip came in two stages, broken by a brief visit to London early in September.
About 22 September 1888 the artist wrote from Tours to his sister-in-law Helen Whistler:
'here we are - "in the Garden of France" - ... 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
It is not clear how long they actually stayed in Bourges but a few days later they were back in Tours, having 'been to Bourges'. 2
2: Whistler to J. R. Rodd, [25/30 September 1888?], GUW #05348.