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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)


The Scotch Widow is pure drypoint.


Only three impressions of The Scotch Widow before cancellation have been located. They were printed in black ink, two on ivory laid paper, one with a foolscap watermark (), the other with a 'DEDB' and beehive watermark (); the other impression is on thin off-white Japanese paper (). The drypoint lines printed with a rich burr.
It was published in an album of Cancelled Plates ('Cancelled Set') by The Fine Art Society, London, 1879. At least 20 impressions - possibly as many as 24 - were printed from the cancelled plate (i.e. ). They were printed in black ink, but are faint, with very little burr remaining.