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Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 83
Date: 1861
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 120 x 166 mm
Signed: 'Whistler - ' at lower right (1-3); partly removed (4-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: Junior Etching Club, 1862
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 35
Catalogues: K.86; M.87; T.86; W.69
Impressions taken from this plate  (35)
In 1861 Whistler was asked to illustrate two poems in Passages from Modern English Poets. Whistler wrote to Arthur James Lewis (1824-1901):
'Can't find anything among my old plates that will do for your work - but will at once begin, and finish two small etchings as I promised'. 12
The copper plate has not been located. The plate was exactly the same size as the other 'small etching', The Punt 082. Kennedy mentioned that 'On this plate there is a bevel of about one eighth of an inch all around.' 13

13: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 86).