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Battersea: Early Morning

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 157
Date: 1875
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 115 x 229 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 22
Catalogues: K.152; M.149; W.129
Impressions taken from this plate  (22)
Etching: PK152_01 (plate)
On the verso the copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' This is the same stamp as on a lot of plates etched from 1870 on, but the plate is not the same size as any of these, being a rather narrow horizontal plate that complements the panoramic view. The plate was cancelled with widely spaced crossed diagonal and vertical lines.
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 in exchange for lithographs from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). 4 The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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