A Shop with a Balcony probably dates from 1899, although it could date from earlier in the 1890s. 1
In October 1899 Whistler was staying at the Hotel Lefevre in Dieppe, and wrote on 20 October to Rosalind Birnie Philip, 'The "red shop" is getting something wonderful!' 2 It is very likely that this refers to A Shop with a Balcony. The slightly asymmetrical composition of a single arched facade seen squarely from the front is typical of Whistler’s shopfronts.
Last updated: 22nd October 2020 by Margaret