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The Baby, Gray's Inn

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 288
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 100 x 67 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 2
Catalogues: K.298; M.295
Impressions taken from this plate  (2)
The Baby, Gray's Inn probably dates from 1887. The butterfly signature is consistent with this date. Given that it shows children seated on the grass it probably dates from the summer of 1887. In that summer Whistler worked in Gray's Inn on a number of etchings that are considered to form the 'Grey's Inn Set' including The Young Tree [285].

However it could possibly date from April 1888, and was first sold in May 1888. 1

1: Wunderlich's to Whistler, 3 May 1888, GUW #07158.