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Girl Lying Down

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 128
Date: 1875/1876
Medium: drypoint
Size: 132 x 209 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.124; M.121
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)
Etching: PK124_01 (plate)
The copper plate has the maker's rectangular stamp: 'HUGHES AND KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS / RED LION PASSAGE / FLEET STREET / LONDON'. It is close in size to Fusco [106], The Two Ships [143], Little Putney Bridge [186] and Fulham [181], all of which date from the 1870s.
It was cancelled with diagonal lines across the figure. The cancelled copper plate was probably among plates bought at Whistler's bankruptcy sale by the Fine Art Society, London. It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.
The copper plate was probably among those acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who explained, 'A number of these plates were returned to me after the artist's death by Robert Dunthorne of Vigo Street, London in exchange for a number of lithographic proofs'. 4

4: Note by R. Birnie Philip, inserted in the album, Hunterian Art Gallery.

The plate was given by Miss Birnie Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.