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Wapping - The Pool

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 180
Date: 1878/1879
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 189 x 279 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (4-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 8
Known impressions: 14
Catalogues: K.174; M.171; W.143
Impressions taken from this plate  (14)
The Large Pool dates from late 1878 or early 1879. The butterfly signature is consistent with this date.
It is probably the etching sold by Whistler in late 1878 or early 1879 to the Royal Collection, when he wrote: 'I send you down by Post registered the proof of the new plate! - "Wapping - the Dock" - printed and signed by myself '. 1

1: Whistler to R. Holmes, [October 1878/September 1879], GUW #11306.