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The Camp

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 80
Date: 1861
Medium: drypoint
Size: 288 x 159 mm
Signed: 'Whistler.' at lower left
Inscribed: '1861.' at lower left
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 20
Catalogues: K.82; M.82; T.68; W.75
Impressions taken from this plate  (20)
Etching: PK082_01
The copper plate bears the maker's rectangular stamp: 'HUGHES AND KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS / RED LION PASSAGE / FLEET STREET / LONDON'.
It was probably among copper plates cancelled at the time of Whistler's bankruptcy. The cancelled plate was probably among those bought at Whistler's bankruptcy sale by the Fine Art Society, London. It was published in the set of Cancelled Plates by the F.A.S. in 1879.
The plate was probably acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who explained, 'A number of these plates were returned to me after the artist's death by Robert Dunthorne of Vigo Street, London in exchange for a number of lithographic proofs'. 14

The copper plate was wrapped up, probably by Miss Birnie Philip or another studio assistant, and placed in an envelope, with a trimmed (battered!) impression of the etching stuck on the front. The plate was given by her to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

14: Note by R. Birnie Philip, inserted in the album, Hunterian Art Gallery.