Hôtel Lallement, Bourges
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||165 x 271 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper left|
|No. of States:||4|
|Impressions taken from this plate (7)|
The first state was executed in pure etching; drypoint, both delicate and emphatic, was used to augment shading in the two following states. The architecture was drawn with a combination of broken lines, patches of shading and cross-hatching, and long, irregular patches of shading and zigzag lines. The figures, chickens and sculptural details were sketched with short curving, wavy and jagged lines. The composition is vignetted, with broad spaces between details, giving an effect of dazzling light. Whistler was clearly not satisfied with the postion of the woman's feet, for he scraped them out in the the two last states. He did not, however, make further additions or corrections.
It was printed (and sold) immediately after Whistler's return from France. Seven impressions have been located. The first was printed in brown ink on ivory laid paper with a 'PRO PATRIA' watermark (). Another first state is in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper (). Impressions were printed with little tone but several early impressions have a light, even, marginal band of tone at left and right (, , ). Later impressions are mostly in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper (, , ), although one is on a greenish off-white laid paper ().