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The Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No. 2

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 444
Date: 1889/1890
Medium: etching
Size: 128 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.426; M.423
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)


The Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No. 2 was not published.


It was rarely exhibited, though an impression may have been lent by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919) to the exhibition organised by the Caxton Club in Chicago in 1900 (). The title given in the catalogue, 'The Terrace, Luxembourg', makes it difficult to be sure of this. 9

9: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. E275).

After Whistler's death, impressions were exhibited at the Grolier Club in New York in 1904, lent by Freer () and the Whistler Memorial Exhibition in London in 1905. 10

10: New York 1904a (cat. no. 352); London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 377).


Whistler did sell an impression of an etching with the title 'The terrace Luxembourg' in May 1900 to Freer for 12.12.0 but it was probably not this etching but one with a similar title.

Freer bought an impression of The Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No. 2 on 2 September 1903 - after Whistler's death - from Obach & Co. in London (). 11

The artist bequeathed an impression to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) in 1903, which she in turn bequeathed to the University of Glasgow ().

11: June 1902, GUW #09089.