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Nude Reclining

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 126
Date: 1874
Medium: drypoint
Size: 216 x 139 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.126; M.123; W.113
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)
Etching: PK126_01
The copper plate has the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' stamped twice on the verso. It is similar in size to the plates for several figure subjects (Florence Leyland 136, Sleeping Girl 127 and The Desk 129) and some London scenes (Steamboat Fleet, Chelsea 155, Wych Street, London 176 and Under Old Battersea Bridge 168). Most of these are also Hughes & Kimber plates.
The copper plate was cancelled with diagonal lines across the figure. The plate was probably among those sold at Whistler's bankruptcy, and possibly intended for publication in a set of Cancelled Etchings by the Fine Art Society in 1879. Most of the published sets contain 57 etchings, except for the set now in the Yale University Art Gallery, which contains additional prints, a total of 65.
Ten years later 68 'Published and unpublished' copper plates 'more or less scratched' from the collection of Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892) were auctioned at Sotheby's, 13 December 1889 (lot 786) and bought by Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) for 11.12.0. Most were returned after Whistler's death to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.
A virtual impression from the cancelled plate is shown in a digital image, reproduced below. 6
Etching: PS_K126_01

6: A scan of the copper plate was flipped horizontally, converted to greyscale, and colour inverted, with enhanced contrast.