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Speke Shore

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 139
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 155 x 230 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 21
Catalogues: K.144; M.142; W.119
Impressions taken from this plate  (21)


Five states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K1440102
There is no signature or inscription.
The impression reproduced shows that the plate was damaged by corrosion or foul biting round the edge. In its current form it is a drypoint, so foul biting is ruled out, although some other form of damage or corrosion could have occurred. It is possible that the plate originally held another etching.

State 2

Etching: K1440101
There is no signature or inscription.
The plate has been cleaned.

State 3

Etching: K1440202
A patch of slightly slanting lines is added halfway up the hill, above centre; the woman's hat has a veil flying from it, to right; short lines shade the tree trunk below the signboard.

State 4

Etching: K1440301
Diagonal shading is added above and at upper left of the patch of shading above centre; the tree-stems at left are shaded; more diagonal shading is added on the grass under the trees, right down to the beach; the shading on the back of the woman's jacket and skirt has been reinforced with short diagonal lines.

State 5

Etching: K1440402
The patch of shading above centre has been reinforced and extended at right; long diagonal lines are added on the grass or bushes around the centre, just above the beach; a few diagonal lines are added under the tree to right of the signboard; patches of diagonal shading are added to left of the trees and below them, along the edge of the beach; the woman's features are clearer, and her jacket is more shaded.

State 5 (cancelled)

Etching: K1440502
Cancelled with a few rough crossed diagonal lines, and short zigzag lines across the figure and parts of the landscape. There is also foul biting in the lower left quadrant.