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Little Dordrecht

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 260
Date: 1886
Medium: etching
Size: 95 x 132 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.243; M.240
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


barge, bridge, cart, horse, people, port, river, sailing boat, ship, wharf.


Only one title is known, as in the following examples:

'Little Dordrecht' (1886, Whistler). 2
'Little Dordrecht' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 3

2: Whistler to T. McLean, [1 November 1886], GUW #13010.

3: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 240).


In the foreground three men are crossing a bridge, or a ramp, leading to a wharf. On the wharf are several figures, a horse and a cart. A group of small sailing boats or barges, some with sails partly raised, is moored in mid-stream. There are trees on the far bank.


A view of the quayside along the Merwekade from near the Bellevue Hotel in the town of Dordrecht, in the Netherlands. 4 A busy port and ferry terminal on the Dutch coast, it was frequently visited by Whistler, who made a number of watercolours there between about 1882 and 1902, including Dordrecht m0876, r.: Gold and Brown: Dordrecht; v.: Dordrecht m0968, A Little Red Note: Dordrecht m0969, Note in Rose and Silver - Dordrecht m0970, Silver and Red: Dordrecht m0971, A silver note: Dordrecht m0972, Gold and grey - The Sunny Shower, Dordrecht m0973, Note en gris: Dordrecht m0974, Grey and Green - Dordrecht m0976 and Dordrecht m1709, and two oil paintings, Note en gris: Dordrecht y293, Bleu et argent: Dordrecht y294. Etchings of Dordrecht include Dordrecht 259 and Barges, Dordrecht 262.

4: Heijbroek 1997[more], pp. 55, 61.