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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)


The main composition was etched but then it was strengthened in drypoint throughout, to achieve a slightly richer effect.


Whistler worked on this etching in the printing workshop of Day & Son Ltd in London. An impression of the first state was annotated by the artist 'Proof pulled myself in Day's, wants retouching - ready in a day or so.' 14 This impression has not been located.

The second state, 'retouched' by Whistler, was printed with burr on early impressions, on, for example, ivory wove (); off-white wove (); chine collé (); and light weight, cream Asian paper laid down on heavy weight, ivory plate paper (). All extant impressions are printed on black ink.

Regarding the publication of this etching by Day & Son Ltd, Frederick Goulding (1842-1909) told the Pennells:

14: American Art Association, Masterpieces of Engraving and Etching ... Collection of Henry Graves, Jr., New York City, Anderson Art Galleries, 3 April 1936 (lot. no. 64).

'What can I say about Whistler printing? I mind me I first knew him about 1859, when he used to come to the printing house where I was apprenticed (the old firm of Day and Son in Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields) and print himself at my father's press. I used some times to act as his "devil" grinding the ink, and turning the press, and so on. / I think the first plate I actually "proved" for him was in 1861 - The Punt -' 15
The publication actually appeared in 1862. Most examples of the third, published, state are on chine collé (i.e. , , ), and fourth states on wove paper (i.e. , , , ). Over thirty impressions are recorded in public art collections, but there are many more in public libraries and private collections.