Signed in stone, l.l.: Charlet On stone, l.l., below compo.: Chez Gihaut frères, editeurs, boulevard des Italiens, N¯ 5 On stone, l.r., below compo.: Lith. de Villain On stone, u.l., above compo.: Pl. 6
On the plate, u.r.: Whistler On the plate, l.l.: J. Whistler On the plate, l.r.: Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171. Collection (no mark): This set is from the collection of the late Sir F. Seymour Haden's brother.
A street or courtyard fills the middle distance. A handful of figures stand or sit in front of the buildings on the right; only a single cow at the right occupies the open space in the foreground. The low buildings are, on the left side, brightly lit while the structures on the right are in shadow.
Most of the etchings from the "French Set" are the result of a walking trip that Whistler took with a fellow student artist in 1858. Some of the plates were drawn back in Paris based on drawings and watercolors that Whistler executed in Alsace and eastern France; others were sketched on site as they walked. This plate is probably from the latter group.
Inscribed in plate, l.l. below image: "QUID TREPIDAS? VOX EST; GENEROSA QUID ORA RESIDUNT?/NUPER ERANT DOMINI FERRE PARATA NECEM."
Inscribed in plate, , l.r. below image: "UNA ANIMOS POTUIT SIC FOEMINA FRANGERE TANTOS,/O TUA SIT MELIUS PETRE PROBATA FIDES."
Inscribed in brown ink, l.r. below image: "s7" Inscribed in plate, l.c. below above inscriptions: "Ornatissimo viro ANDREí COLLYNS DE NOLE, statuario insigni, qui nuper hanc Petri negationem coloribus expressam, domo sua excepit, eandem stilo adumbratam, in amicitië benevolentiëque argumentum L.M.Q.D.C. Gerardus Segers."
Inscribed in plate, l.l.: "Gerardus Segers inven."; l.c.: "Cum Privilegio."; l.r.: "S. a Bolswert Sculp." Verso, inscribed in graphite, l.l.: "M. 9527 ers[?] to/ZF.-"; l.c.: "Andresen 8. 1er State- before the words 'A Paris chez Vanheck" Watermark indecipherable.