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Château pres Paimpol

Impression: Whistler Etchings Project
Whistler Etchings Project
Number: 472
Date: 1893/1900
Medium: etching
Size: 140 x 94 mm
Signed: butterfly to right of centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


building, chateau, faade, sculpture, woman.


Whistler's original title is not known, but a descriptive title was given to the copper plate:

Chateau pres Paimpol (1893/1894, possibly Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4

The title 'Chateau prs Paimpol' may have been provided by Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896) or Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), based on information from Whistler or their own knowledge.

4: Envelope containing copper plate, Hunterian Art Gallery.


The top right half of the plate is taken up with the faade of a house with a high, steep, roof, drawn parallel to the plate edges. The building has a tall central buttress extending from the ground to near the top of the roof, and windows to left and right that jut out of the roof, with carved stone sculptures above them, possibly armorial designs. The sculpture on the left has foliate scrolls supporting a shell or fleur-de-lys.
In front of the house is a woman, and in the middle-foreground, at left, an animal, the size of a dog or pig.


Paimpol is in Brittany, France, between Rennes and Brest. Paimpol was a small town of over 2000 inhabitants, heavily dependent on fishing. Whistler made several lithographs there including The Clock-Makers, Paimpol c065 and Red House, Paimpol c066 and told Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913) that he was 'delighted with the proofs ... They are most delicate and beautifully printed -.' 5

5: [20 September 1893], GUW #03341.

However, the site has not been identified with certainty. Whistler also etched several chateaux in the Loire, including Chteau de Bridor 409, Chteau Touraine 410, Chteau de Verneuil, Touraine 408 and Chteau d'Amboise 431.