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Newspaper-stall, Rue de Seine

Etching on laid paper (watermark, Pro Patria)
K.432 (1/2)
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935
Hunterian Art Gallery, GLAHA 46650

Baudelaire, the art critic, had lived in the Rue de Seine in the Latin Quarter. Rodolphe Salis, founder of the cabaret Le chat noir, stayed at the Hotel de Rome, beside the newspaper-stall. Among the papers in the window is the popular journal Gil Blas (which published Theophile Alexandre Steinlen's drawings of Paris life). The lively scene was drawn vividly with dots and dashes, jerky lines, zigzag and crosshatched shading.