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The Silk Dress

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 151
Date: 1875
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 209 x 134 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.107; M.115
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)
Etching: PK107_01
The copper plate has the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES AND KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is close in size to Battersea Reach 096, Fusco 106, Draped Model 109, Girl Lying Down 128 and The Two Ships 143.
The copper plate was cancelled with closely drawn zigzag lines over the head and torso. The cancelled plate was probably among plates bought at Whistler's bankruptcy sale by the Fine Art Society, London. It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879.
The copper plate was probably among those acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), in exchange for 'lithographic proofs'. 4 The plate was later given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow.

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