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The Storm

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 81
Date: 1861
Medium: drypoint
Size: 156 x 286 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower right
Inscribed: '1861.' at lower right
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.81; M.83; T.74; W.77
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)


Three states are known before cancellation and partial restoration of the plate.

State 1

Etching: K0810104
Signed 'Whistler.' and dated '1861.' at lower right.
The composition is complete; remnants of an earlier subject are visible at lower right.

State 2

Etching: K0810102
Horizontal lines are added to the white areas between the sky and upper plate mark, and to the river at right; fine right to left diagonals (///) in the sky extend the shading to the plate edges.

State 3

Etching: K0810105
Three left to right diagonals (\\\) are added to the bottom of the man's right trouser leg; the wildflower at left of the clump of three at the bottom consists of burr on a crooked line.

State 3 (cancelled)

Etching: K0810203
Cancelled lightly with crossed diagonal lines.

State 3 (after cancellation)

Etching: K0810110
The plate shows signs of deterioration; cancellation lines have been reduced or disguised in printing.
Re-issued by Wunderlich & Co. in 1889.