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Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 251
Date: 1885
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 51 x 83 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.246; M.244; W.202
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


beach, children, lighthouse, parasol, people, pier, sailing ship, sea, town.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'A Sketch at Dieppe' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 2
'Dieppe' (1887/1888, Whistler). 3
'Dieppe' (1898, Wunderlich's). 4
'A sketch at Dieppe' (1900, Wunderlich & Co.) 5

Whistler's title, 'Dieppe' is preferred.

2: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 202).

3: List, [1887/1888], GUW #13233.

4: New York 1898 (cat. no. 247).

5: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 6 April 1900, GUW #07322.


In the foreground is a broad beach, shelving gently to the sea at upper right. On the beach are a few people walking and sitting including a woman with a parasol at left, and children playing. Beyond is a wall or breakwater, behind which are several more people, and further away, another breakwater. In the distance the ground rises to a fortification, with a lighthouse at the right and a flagpole at the left. Two sailing ships are lying below the wall of the fort at the right.


Dieppe, a busy ferry port on the coast of France. Whistler painted several oils and watercolours there including Note in opal - The Sands, Dieppe m1033, Green and pearl - La plage, Dieppe m1025, Green and Violet: The Evening Walk, Dieppe y328, Harmony in Blue and Pearl: The Sands, Dieppe y327, and The Sea Shore, Dieppe y379.