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Tour Saint Antoine, Loches

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 414
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 149 x 81 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.392; M.389
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


building, cart, clocktower, horse, people, Renaissance architecture, scaffolding, street, town, tower.


There are only minor variations in the title, as follows:

'Tower St Antoine - Loches ' (1887/1888, Whistler). 1
'Tower St Antoine' (1889, Whistler). 2
'Tour St. Antoine, Loches' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 3
'Tour St. Antoine, Loches' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 4

'Tour Saint Antoine, Loches' is the generally accepted title, replacing Whistler's original title, which is half French and half English.

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

2: List, 18 July 1889, GUW #13235.

3: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 338).

4: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 389).


A clock-tower topped by a flag and surrounded by scaffolding rises behind the roofs of houses on a hill. In front is a street that bends to the left, bordered by two-storey houses with dormer windows. In the street are pedestrians, a chaise, a horse and cart, and in the foreground at right, a hand-barrow.


The Tour Saint Antoine is a Renaissance belfry, built between 1529 and 1575, and is 52 metres high. It serves as the town clock for Loches, a town on the river Loire, in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France. Armand Queroy, Vue de Loches, shows the Tour St Antoine, Loches without scaffolding. 5

5: British Museum 1870.0813.1016.