The Market Place, Tours
|Size:||271 x 136 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (3)|
'The Market Place Tours (French Plates)' (1888, Whistler). 1
'Market Place Tours' (1889, Whistler). 2
'Market Place - Loches' (1889?, Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919)). 3
'Market Place. The. Tours' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 4
'Market Place, Tours' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 5
'Market-Place, Tours' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 6
'The Market Place, Tours' is the preferred version of the title, based on the title first used by Whistler. Freer appears to have been incorrect in identifying the scene as Loches. Little Market Place, Tours 389 is a related subject on a smaller copper plate.
Whistler made at least two etchings of markets in Tours. In 1888 he recorded having both 'The Market Place Tours' and Little Market Place, Tours 389. 8 The scene may be the corner of Place Plumereau. 9
7: John Murray, A Handbook for Travellers in France, London, 1875, 13th ed., part 1, p. 219.
8: List, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233.
9: Chateaux de la Loire, Michelin, Clermont Ferrand, 1997, repr. p. 235; information from M. Hopkinson.
Market Place (Little). Tours. 1888
Market Place. The. Tours. 1888 ...
Market place (The - Large - ) Loches 1888' 10
Similarly John Taylor Arms (1887-1963) etched the Place Plumereau in 1925, showing the façades of the picturesque houses with their distinctive gables, on one side of the market-place, but not the market itself. 12
Other artists working in the town include Malcolm Osborne (1880-1963) who etched Market Place, Tours in 1914. 13 Later, in 1925, Louis Conrad Rosenberg (1890-1983) etched The Little Market, Tours, in which the market is dwarfed by the church. 14
11: Frank Rinder, D. Y. Cameron: An illustrated catalogue of his etchings and drypoints 1887-1932, 1932, no. 353.
12: W.D. Fletcher, John Taylor Arms, A Man For All Time , Library of Congress, 1982 (cat. no. 160). See St John's University website at http://cdm.csbsju.edu (acc. 2012).
13: Salaman, Malcolm, 'The etchings of Malcolm Osborne', Print Collector's Quarterly, 1925 (XII) pp. 285-313, cat. no. 53.
14: Cornell University Library, Acc. no. 64.0306; http://cornell.edu (acc. 2012).