Jews' Quarter, Amsterdam
|Size:||132 x 221 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (4)|
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is close in size to Court of the Monastery of St. Augustine, Bourges 403, Church, Amsterdam 445, Zaandam 458, Rue de la Rochefoucault 434, Café Corazza, Paris 484, most of which definitely came from the same maker, and date from 1888 and later.
The plate was cancelled with crossed diagonal lines, possibly in 1891. Whistler discussed with Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) the possibility of printing one or two impressions from cancelled plates so that prospective buyers could see that no further prints were possible. Whistler's 'secretary' William Bell wrote when Kennedy visited London in June 1891: 'in accordance with his intentions expressed to you the other day, Mr Whistler has already destroyed a great number of the plates in question, and herewith sends you the proofs as an interesting fact of reference - ' 8
8: W. Bell to E.G. Kennedy, 8 June 1891, GUW #09674.
Others cancelled at this time, and in the same way, include Little Steps, Chelsea 269, Gates, City, London 280, The Dray Horse 292, Petticoat Lane 299, Salvation Army, Sandwich 319, The Ramparts, Sandwich 324, The Tow-Path 325, Little Nude Figure 330 and possibly Church, Amsterdam 445.
It was in Whistler's studio at his death and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935.