This etching is a reworking of an earlier composition known as 'The Cabstand', which for many years, was Buhot’s most famous image, and reproduced in virtually every book on nineteenth-century etching. After the success of the first print, Buhot decided to rework the composition for a second etching: 'Matinée d’hiver sur le quais', that tends to be darker and more atmospheric than the earlier efforts. In addition to compressing spatial relationships, Buhot populated the foreground with street cleaners, thereby adding local colour. The smoke curling up from huge smokestacks in the background suggests industrial Paris.
Winter morning on the quays
etching, drypoint, roulette and aquatint
vi of 7 states
25.1 x 35.7 cm platemark
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Iphy Kallinikos 2017
Not on display
Annandale Galleries, 1989, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Anne Gregory bought the print in auction, Drouot Paris in Sept-Nov 1989 and sold it to the present owner soon after.
Referenced in 3 publications
Henri Béraldi, Les graveurs du XIXe siècle, Paris, 1885-1892, vol 4 (1886), pp 33–34, no 158.
Gustave Bourcard and James Goodfriend, Félix Buhot. Catalogue descriptif de son oeuvre grave, 1979, pp 99–100, no 158.
Jay McKean Fisher, Colles Baxter and Jean-Luc Dufresne, Félix Buhot peintre-graveur, prints, drawings, and paintings, Baltimore, 1983, p 112, no 73.