Steamboats off the Tower
|Size:||154 x 225 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at upper right|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.149; M.147; W.114|
|Impressions taken from this plate (9)|
It is pure drypoint, mostly drawn with long, rather soft strokes, augmented by fine, close shading for shadows, atmospheric background shading, and reflections. The final state is really no more than a few touches reinforcing the fading drypoint.
Only one impression of the first, second and third states are recorded, then a larger printing of the third state, and one impression of the final state.
Most - possibly all - impressions were printed in black ink on De Erven De Blauw paper with the 'DEDB' or beehive watermark (, , , , , . The colour ranges in tone from off-white through ivory to cream, and the ink appears cooler or warmer in colour accordingly, in fact it appears dark brown on at least one impression ().