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Tillie: A Model

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 113
Date: 1873
Medium: drypoint
Size: 235 x 160 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 5
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.117; M.116; W.102
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)


Five states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K1170102
Signed with a butterfly at left centre.

State 2

Etching: K1170101
The drypoint on the legs is fading; some of the scratches and acid dots have been removed or reduced.

State 3

Etching: K1170202
There are six short diagonal lines and smaller scratches at the right, above her back, which may be accidental; the drypoint is very irregular and faded.

State 4

Etching: K1170302
The butterfly is replaced with a new shaded butterfly.
The hair is changed, making the head look more rounded; additional work on the figure includes reinforced outlines, and patches of shading on her limbs and torso, notably on her thigh; a few vertical lines are added in the background above the figure and four long straggly vertical lines above the butterfly; several vertical lines reinforce the shading to right of her legs.

State 5

Etching: K1170402
The features are altered; more vertical and diagonal lines are added in the background to left of the figure, and verticals above her shoulders and behind her legs; new shading suggests her left foot.

The impression reproduced is extensively washed with India ink, suggesting changes to her features, and suggesting her left foot; the foot was not changed but it is not known if the face was altered on the plate before it was cancelled. 8

8: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 117 state 4) reproduced this worked proof; no other impression is known.

State 5 (cancelled)

Etching: K1170501
Cancelled with burnishing across the head, and crossed diagonal lines across the figure.