Fanny Leyland

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 135
Date: 1874
Medium: drypoint
Size: 197 x 134 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (2-final)
Inscribed: 'Fanny Leyland' at upper left
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.108; M.107; T.77; W.94
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


Six states are known before damage to the plate, and its restoration and cancellation.

State 1

Impression: K1080103
Inscribed 'Fanny Leyland' at upper left, with the 'F' reversed.
The composition is complete.
There is no background; one foot, wearing a slipper, appears just beneath the skirt; at lower left there are faint outlines of that foot differently drawn, and to right, the other foot.
On one impression, probably the first proof (Graphic with a link to impression #K1080102) there are two diagonal marks, probably scratches, at the bottom edge, but these do not constitute an extra state since they were immediately removed, leaving only the faintest trace.

State 2

Impression: K1080202
Signed with a butterfly near the left edge, above centre.
Vertical lines are added behind the chair and the front chair legs, and to left of the butterfly.

State 3

Impression: K1080301
More vertical lines are added under the seat of the chair; the skirt is extended at right, covering the chair leg, and is lengthened by several lines, one of which crosses the foot at left.

State 4

Impression: K1080403
The top of the head is more strongly outlined and the wavy hair is drawn in more detail; the lines behind the figure are extended down to the leg of the chair, and there are more lines under it, two of them forming an inverted V; the foot just beneath the skirt has been partly erased; diagonal lines suggesting frills are added on the hem of the skirt, which is slightly lengthened at lower left.

State 5

Impression: K1080501
Patches of diagonal lines enhance the shading on the frills of the skirt; longer slanting lines are added on the back of the skirt.

State 6

Impression: K1080601
Short diagonal lines are added on the bodice; the front of the dress and the hair are retouched; the shading on the frills is reinforced and extended; strong slanting lines are added on the lower part of the skirt and augment the shading under the chair; short cross-lines are added on the edge of the cushion; shading on the skirt above the cushion crosses the struts of the chair.

State 6 (damaged)

Impression: K1080602
There are conspicuous scratches above and behind the figure's head, above her knee, on her skirt, and at lower left below the faint foot.

State 6 (restored)

Impression: K1080203
Most of the scratches have been removed; the drypoint is worn.

State 6 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K108_01 (plate)
It was cancelled with a diagonal line across the bottom.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 10

10: A scan of the copper plate was flipped horizontally, converted to greyscale, and colour inverted, with enhanced contrast.