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The Scotch Widow

Impression: New York Public Library
New York Public Library
Number: 147
Date: 1875/1876
Medium: drypoint
Size: 205 x 103 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.142; M.140; W.118
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)
Etching: PK142_01
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK142_02
The copper plate bears the maker's rectangular stamp: 'HUGHES AND KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS / RED LION PASSAGE / FLEET STREET / LONDON'. The plate is not close in size to any other plate. It is an unusually narrow plate. It was cancelled with diagonal and zig-zag lines.
The cancelled plate was probably among those 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 acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) in exchange for lithographs. 6 The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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