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Steamboat Fleet, Chelsea

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 155
Date: 1875/1877
Medium: drypoint
Size: 139 x 215 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 19
Catalogues: K.156; M.153; W.223
Impressions taken from this plate  (19)
Etching: PK156_01 (plate)
Recto above; verso below:
Etching: PK156_02 (plate)
The copper plate was close in size to several etchings of the mid-1870s including Florence Leyland [136], Wych Street, London [176] and Under Old Battersea Bridge [168]).
The copper plate was cancelled with crossed diagonal lines across the image. It 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 later acquired in exchange for lithographs from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). 9 The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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