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From Agnes Sorel's Walk, Loches

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
(46639)
Number: 419
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 135 x 271 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.385; M.385
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)

KEYWORD

castle, landscape, river, town, townscape, vista.

TITLE

Variations in the basic title are as follows:


'From Agnes Sorrel's Walk' (1888, Whistler). 1
'Sorrel - (The walk of Agnes) Loches' (1890/1892, Beatrice Whistler (1857-1896)). 2
'From the Walk of Agnes Sorel' (1900, Chicago). 3
'From Agnes Sorrell's Walk, Loches' (1904, Boston). 4
'From Agnes Sorel's Walk' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5


'From Agnes Sorrel's Walk, Loches' combines elements of the original titles.

1: List, [1887/1888], 18 July 1889, GUW #13233.

2: List, [1890/1892], #12715.

3: Chicago 1900 (cat. no. 264).

4: Boston 1904 (cat. no. 225).

5: Mansfield 1909 [more] (cat. no. 385).

DESCRIPTION

A view over a town with steep-roofed houses surrounding a garden, to rows of trees, and a river. On the far side there are fields with rolling country beyond, and a church spire on the right, under a cloudy sky.

SITE

This elaborate etching is a panoramic view from the ramparts of the town of Loches, looking out over the river Indres in the Loire valley in France. Agnes Sorel, the official mistress of King Charles VII, is buried in the château.

DISCUSSION

Whistler also collaborated with his wife on a small etching showing the buildings in the left foreground, reproduced below (View from the chateau walls, Loches 420).
Etching: E500101