Little Drawbridge, Amsterdam
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||178 x 128 mm|
|No. of States:||2|
|Catalogues:||K.412; M.405; W.263|
|Impressions taken from this plate (13)|
Drawn with slightly uncertain repeated outlines, and irregular patches of shading enhanced with cross-hatching for the reflections, plus very small strokes describing the details of figures, trees, and architecture. The only drypoint appears to be in the sky, particularly on either side of the tower and at the top of the drawbridge. Large granular patches of foul biting at upper and lower right appear in state two, and appear to have been deliberately left, as an alternative to using plate tone, for colour and texture.
In 1931 an issue of three impressions was printed by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956) from the copper plate (which had not then been cancelled) on the instructions of the artist's sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) (, ). 8 They were printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper, one sheet having a variant of the Arms of Amsterdam watermark (). An impression by Sparks is reproduced below. The printer's signature, 'Nathaniel Sparks / Imp.' was written on the verso, so that there could be no confusion between those printed by Whistler and Sparks.
8: Martin Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 348, 352.