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The Punt

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 82
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 120 x 166 mm
Signed: 'Whistler' at lower left (1-3); 'W' partly removed (4-final)
Inscribed: '1861.' at lower left (1-3); partly removed (4-final)
Set/Publication: Junior Etching Club, 1862
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 35
Catalogues: K.85; M.86; T.85; W.68
Impressions taken from this plate  (35)


Six states are known.

State 1

Etching: K0850101
Signed and dated 'Whistler / 1861.' at lower left.
The composition is complete.
The impression reproduced above has not been located; it was recorded by Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932). 8 The only known impression is a 'slipped' impression, where the lines appear doubled, and it also has graphite pencil shading at upper right ().

8: Kennedy 1910[more], cat. no. 85 state 1.

State 2

Etching: K0850108
Some of the drypoint lines in the sky at upper left have been rubbed down.

State 3

Etching: K0850202
A few curving drypoint lines are added in the sky above the hills at left and to right and upper right of the poplar trees; new lines are added on the frame of the punt

State 4

Etching: K0850z14
The plate signature and date at lower left are partly removed by the bevelling of the plate edge and now read 'Whistler / 861' with the 'W' half missing.
'London, Published December 1st, 1861 by Day & Son, Lith to the Queen,' is engraved between ruled lines near the centre bottom, and 'J. Whistler' at lower right.
Several wavy drypoint lines are added in the sky to right of the tall poplar trees.

State 5

Etching: K0850402
'Pl. 7' is engraved in the right upper corner. Published in Passages from Modern English Poets, illustrated by the Junior Etching Club., Day & Son, 1862.

State 6

Etching: K0850302
The engraved lettering at the bottom has been removed although 'Pl.7' and 'J.Whistler.' remain.
A photogravure of this image without any engraved text was printed within a wider platemark.