Home > The Catalogue > Browse > Etching

Steamboats off the Tower

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 156
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 154 x 225 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.149; M.147; W.114
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)


Four states are known.

State 1

Impression: K1490101
Signed with a butterfly at upper right.
There is one long boat in the foreground; there is no moon; the funnel of the steamer at left is white.

State 2

Impression: K1490203
The boat in the foreground is divided into two smaller boats by a single stroke; two curved lines are added in the bow of the boat at left; a small white area has been burnished out above the wharf and warehouses at right (it is smoke, but Kennedy thought it was the moon). 10

10: Kennedy 1910 (cat. no. 149).

State 3

Impression: K1490305
Several diagonal lines are added to the shading between the two large steamers; the funnels of the steamers are shaded with horizontal lines; there is more vertical shading on the warehouses at right and horizontal shading extends the ships' reflections.

State 4

Impression: K1490303
Horizontal shading reinforces the ships' reflections.