The Hoop (Gray's Inn)
|Size:||177 x 128 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (1)|
The copper plate does not have a maker's stamp but is the same size as Exeter Street  and Bébés, Jardin du Luxembourg , both dating from 1887. It is very close in size to a lot of plates from the same year including London subjects such as T. A. Nash's Greengrocer's Shop  and Cutler Street, Houndsditch , and Naval Review etchings including The Visitors' Boat , and Bunting , as well as others done in France in 1888, such as Little Market Place, Tours .
The plate was listed in Whistler's studio as 'The Baby & the Ball (Grays Inn) 7 x 5' and/or 'Grays Inn The Hoop 7 x 5'. The size, 7 x 5", is 127 x 178mm: it is possible that Whistler got confused and listed the etching twice under different names. 11 Alternatively, it is possible that one of these titles refers to another, unidentified, etching.
11: Whistler, list, [August 1887/1888], GUW #13233.
The copper plate was in Whistler's estate and was bequeathed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower left corner.