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Bébés, Jardin du Luxembourg

Impression: Private collection
Private collection
Number: 463
Date: 1892/1894
Medium: etching
Size: 177 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.428; M.420
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)
Etching: PK428_01
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is the same size as a large number of plates including London scenes (i.e. Melon Shop, Houndsditch 355, Cutler Street, Houndsditch 361), Jubilee subjects (i.e. The Visitors' Boat 303), views on the continent (i.e. The Barrow - Quartier des Marolles, Brussels 346), from Whistler's honeymoon (i.e. Little Market Place, Tours 389) and a couple of figure subjects (i.e. Cameo, No. 1 (Mother and Child) 459). Most of these date from 1887 or 1888 but a small group of similar sized Paris subjects (this, Greengrocer's Shop, Paris 471, Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens 443, The Little Terrace, Luxembourg Gardens, No. 2 444) appear to date from later, in the early 1890s.
The plate 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. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower left corner.