The Dam Wood
|Size:||177 x 113 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at right (3-final)|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.145; M.143; W.120|
|Impressions taken from this plate (11)|
This is entirely drypoint, although the needle has tripped at times when drawing long lines, creating a roulette-like effect.
One impression of the first state was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper with an Arms of Amsterdam watermark (), and another on cream Japan () paper. A second state in black ink is on an unevenly cut sheet of ivory laid paper with 'Pro Patria' watermark, possibly from a book (), and others also on laid paper (, ). The third state was printed in dark brown ink on a sheet of ivory laid paper, possibly with a 'V' or 'IV' countermark, which was definitely taken from a book, with the binding holes visible along the left edge (). The final state, like the first, is on Arms of Amsterdam paper (). Most were printed with a broad margin but two (a second and a fourth state) were trimmed to the platemark and signed with a butterfly on the tab by Whistler years later, presumably for sale (, ).