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Greengrocer's Shop, Paris

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 471
Date: 1892/1894
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 128 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.424; M.427
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


child, fruitshop, greengrocer, people, shop-front, streetscape.


There are numerous variations in the title, the identity of the goods sold and the shop-keeper's name, as follows:

'J. J. GREUZE (1892/1894, Whistler). 2
'Fruitière, Paris' (1900, Caxton Club). 3
'Dreuze: Fruitshop' [sic] (1903, Obach's). 4
'Greengrocer's Shop. Paris' (1903/1935, possibly Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958)). 5
'Fruit Shop, Paris' (1904, Grolier Club).. 6
'Fruiterie. Rue de Seine' (1905, Paris Memorial). 7
'J. L. Druez's Fruit and Flower Shop' (1905, ISSPG). 8
'Fruit-Shop, Paris' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 9
'Fruit-Shop, Rue de Seine' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 10

Greengrocer's Shop, Paris is the preferred title, based on the title recorded by Miss R. B. Philip.

2: Etched on the copper plate.

3: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. E270).

4: London Obach 1903 (cat. no. 244).

5: Envelope containing copper plate, University of Glasgow.

6: New York 1904a (cat. no. 353).

7: Paris Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 436).

8: London Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 374).

9: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 424).

10: Mansfield 1909[more] (cat. no. 427).


A greengrocer's shop, with a placard bearing the name 'J. J. GREUZE' on the wall at upper left, above two shelves piled high with produce, and on the pavement below, a big basket holding more goods. Cabbages and leafy vegetables are piled on the upper shelf, and vegetables and fruit in boxes and baskets on the lower shelf. To right of the shelves, in the centre, a woman in a silky summer dress is standing with her shopping bag, looking at the produce. Behind her is an open doorway, with a bunch of herbs or corn tied to right of it. The interior is shadowed, with a seated woman at left, and man's head just visible to right. To right of the door another woman stands on the pavement looking at goods displayed on a smaller shelf or table. The sun is bright and the shelves cast dark shadows.


Possibly the Rue de Seine, Paris, where Whistler also etched Antony's Print Shop, Rue de Seine 477 and Newspaper-Stall, Rue de Seine 474.