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The Beach, Hastings

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 150
Date: 1875/1878
Medium: drypoint
Size: 160 x 235 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 20
Catalogues: K.116; M.100; W.101
Impressions taken from this plate  (20)


Drawn with bold drypoint lines, sweeping right across the misty horizon, and printed with strong burr and, in the second state, retroussage as well, to produce a very dramatic effect.


Only three impressions have been located. The earliest is printed in black ink, with a lot of soft burr, enhanced by retroussage, on ivory laid paper (). The two known impressions of the second state were also printed in black, on laid paper with a Beehive 'DEDB' (De Erven de Blauw) watermark (, ). More than a dozen impressions from the cancelled plate have been located, mainly still in the original albums. They were printed in black ink usually on laid paper, some times with a partial 'Van Gelder' watermark (, )