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The Barber's Shop, Chelsea

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 263
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 166 x 242 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 11
Catalogues: K.271; M.268; W.229
Impressions taken from this plate  (11)
The Barber's Shop, Chelsea probably dates from December 1886. The butterfly signature is consistent with a date of 1886 or 1887.

The newspaper poster seen in front of the shop, advertising Fred Carlos, provides this precise date. Carlos played Sloper Crusoe in a production of Robinson Crusoe at the Grand Theatre in 1886. 1

1: The Times, 28 December 1886, p. 5.