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Courtyard, Rue P. L. Courier, Tours

Courtyard, Rue P. L. Courier, Tours

Etching printed on Dutch(?) ‘antique’ laid paper trimmed by the artist, 1888

After marrying Beatrice Godwin on 11 August 1888, Whistler set off on his honeymoon to the chateaux of the Loire and the towns of Touraine, taking with him 34 prepared plates. In most of the etchings that he made during the trip, he avoided the obvious tourist sites, and concentrated on picturesque settings rather than figures, much as he had done in Venice, London and Brussels. This is one of six etchings that he made in Tours. The relatively anonymous courtyard, enlivened by an interesting architectural feature, is typical of the subjects that Whistler favoured on this trip.

Bequeathed by G. J. F. Knowles 1959


Collections record: P.87-1959

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