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The Little Forge, Liverpool

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 141
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 228 x 152 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (8); removed (9); butterfly at lower left (10-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 16
Known impressions: 19
Catalogues: K.147; M.145; W.115
Impressions taken from this plate  (19)
Etching: PK147_01 (plate)
The copper plate has no maker's mark. It was the same or close in size to some earlier plates (Bibi Valentin [34], Bibi Lalouette [33], Soupe à trois sous [64] and Landscape with Fisherman [85], Jo [87]) as well as to plates dating from the 1870s including Speke Hall: The Avenue [101], Nude Woman Standing, hand on hip [114], Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1 [158], and Greenhithe [173].
It may have been among cancelled plates sold at the time of Whistler's bankruptcy, and bought by the Fine Art Society, or acquired by Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) and exchanged for lithographs with the artist's sister-in-law, Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958).
The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line.