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The Lime-Burner

Impression: Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art
Number: 55
Date: 1859
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 255 x 179 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' lower right and 'Whistler.' lower left (1); lower left signature faded (2)
Inscribed: '1859.' at lower right
Set/Publication: 'Thames Set', 1871
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 103
Catalogues: K.46; M.45; T.38; W.44
Impressions taken from this plate  (103)


Two states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K0460124
Signed 'Whistler.' and dated '1859.' at lower right, and also signed 'Whistler.', faintly, at lower left.
The composition is complete; there are only horizontal or slightly slanting lines on the wall at the right, between the lime-burner and the longer ladders.
There is one impression that may be an earlier state but is more likely to have just been wiped clean of ink on the patch of sunlight to left of the lime-burner ().

State 2

Etching: K0460235
The faint drypoint signature at lower left has been mostly removed, and the edge of the plate along the bottom has been cleaned; light perpendicular drypoint lines are added to right of the shoulder of the lime-burner.
Published in the 'Thames Set' in this state.

State 2 (cancelled)

Etching: K0460304
Cancelled with crossed diagonal lines.