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Chelsea Wharf

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 97
Date: 1863
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 93 x 192 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right (1-2); butterfly at lower right (2)
Inscribed: '1863 -' at lower right
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.89; M.89; T.75; W.81
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


Two states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Impression: K0890102
Signed and date 'Whistler, 1863.' at lower right.

State 2

Impression: K0890204
Signed with a butterfly, added in dry point at lower right.
Some corrosion marks have been removed or have worn away, specifically to left of the figure in the left foreground and at centre right near the plate mark; two accidental left-right diagonal scratches (\\) extend down from the horses in front of the cart at right.
The butterfly, printing at first with some burr, eventually printed very faintly.

State 2 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K089_01 (plate)
Cancelled with a diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 6

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