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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)


Six states are known.

State 1

Etching: K0860101
Signed 'Whistler -' at lower right.
The composition is complete.

State 2

Etching: K0860205
The whole composition is strengthened in drypoint, including drypoint on the man's coat-collar, the plants in the foreground, the reflections, and the trees, which are made taller.

State 3

Etching: K0860203
Further clouds are added in drypoint at upper right.

State 4

Etching: K0860403
'London, Published December 1st, 1861, by Day & Son, Lith. to the Queen,' is engraved along the bottom of the plate, and 'J. Whistler' to right of Whistler's signature, overlapping with the last 'r'; the bottom of the composition and bottom of the 'W' in 'Whistler' are partly concealed.

State 5

Etching: K0860402
In addition to the earlier engraved inscription, 'Pl. 45' is engraved in the right upper corner.
Published under the title: 'A River Scene' in 1862 in 'Passages from Modern English Poets, illustrated by the Junior Etching Club' (London: Day & Son).

State 6

Etching: K0860408
Most of the inscription, and part of the artist's stool, have been burnished out, leaving only 'J. Whistler. // PL.45'.