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Children's Fruit Barrow

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 347
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 67 x 100 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 1
Catalogues: K.365; M.362
Impressions taken from this plate  (1)


Children's Fruit Barrow is almost completely in etching, with just a few patches of drypoint shading added in the second state. An impressionistic sketch, it was drawn with great freedom, with broken, undulating and jaggedly bouncing lines, giving a strong impression of spontaneity. The very rough diagonal shading on the window, with patches of shading interspersed with white areas, again suggests space and light.


Only two impressions of Children's Fruit Barrow are recorded (Graphic with a link to impression #K3650101, Graphic with a link to impression #K3650102). Only one has been located; it is of the first state, and was printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper with a partial watermark, possibly the Strasbourg Lily (Graphic with a link to impression #K3650101). Both impressions were trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them.