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St James's Street

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 178
Date: 1878
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 275 x 155 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.169; M.165; W.140
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)


Four states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Impression: K1690102
There is no signature or inscription.
The composition is complete.
There is a blank margin along the right edge. The plate measured approximately 275 x 155mm.

State 2

Impression: K1690103
The façade to right of the entrance to the palace at the end of the street has been darkened with fine regular shading in drypoint.

State 3

Impression: K1690302
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
A series of parallel horizontal lines are added in drypoint to left of centre above the etched clouds.

State 4

Impression: K1690304
The plate has been cut down at the right. It now measured approximately 275 x 152mm.
In many impressions the drypoint prints lightly, and the clouds in the sky and the butterfly fade away almost completely.

State 4 (cancelled)

Cancelled with a grid of vertical and horizontal lines.
No impression from the cancelled plate has been located. It is known only from the cancelled copper plate.