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The Canal, Ostend

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 352
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 67 x 179 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.353; M.350; W.248
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


canal, fishing, landscape, man, worker.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'Canal' (1887, Whistler). 3
'The Canal - Ostende' (1887/1890, Whistler). 4
'The Canal Ostend' (1887/1888, Whistler). 5
'Canal Ostend' (1890/1891, Whistler). 6
'The Canal, Ostend' (1899, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 7
'Canal, Ostend' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 8

'The Canal, Ostend' is based on Whistler's and Wedmore's title.

3: Whistler to T. McLean, 17 November 1887, GUW #13016.

4: Written on .

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

6: List, [1890/1891], GUW #13236.

7: Wedmore 1899[more] (cat. no. 248).

8: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 350).


A view across a canal, over a flat landscape with scattered houses and trees in the distance, under a cloudy sky. At far left is the steeple of a church. Two men are working, possibly holding a fishing net, on the far bank towards the right.


Ostend, Belgium, is a busy ferry and fishing port. This view is clearly not in the town, but canals run inland from the sea, from Ostend to Ghent and Bruges.