Bébés, Jardin du Luxembourg
|Size:||177 x 128 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at right|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
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.