Fish Shop, Venice

James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Etching and drypoint; fifth state of nine ( Glasgow) with extensive pencil alterations on shop, street, arch and figures (brown wash in the window, blue/grey on figures in street), and pen at top and right; printed in dark brown ink on medium weight buff laid paper
Plate: 5 × 8 11/16 in. (12.7 × 22.1 cm)
Sheet: 5 in. × 8 11/16 in. (12.7 × 22.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: In graphite: butterfly monogram and 'imp' dating from 1886, on reserved tab; in plate: butterfly monogram, at left

Marking: Joshua Hutchinson (ca 1829-1891); Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 283), drystamp recto, lower right corner; bought by Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), London, £3.7.6. Listed by E. G. Kennedy (1910) as owned by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), New York.
Kennedy 218 iv; Glasgow 226 v/ix;
Mansfield 215
Howard Mansfield A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 215.

Edward Guthrie Kennedy, Royal Cortissoz The Etched Work of Whistler: illustrated by reproductions in collotype of the different states of the plates. The Grolier Club, 1910, cat. no. 218 iv.

Katharine A. Lochnan The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Ex. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 14–November 11, 1984; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, November 24, 1984–January 13, 1985. Yale University Press, Art Gallery of Ontario, New Haven, 1984, cat. no. 226, p. 281.

Alastair Grieve Whistler's Venice. New Haven and London, 2000, fig. no. 105, pp. 95, 97, 176.

Margaret F. MacDonald Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice. Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 95, 128.

Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow on-line website at University of Glasgow, 2012, cat. no. 226 v/ix.