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Shipbuilder's Yard, Liverpool

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 142
Date: 1875
Medium: drypoint
Size: 279 x 152 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (1-3); redrawn (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 24
Catalogues: K.146; M.144; W.121
Impressions taken from this plate  (24)
Etching: PK146_01
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is the same size as Girl Standing 152, which may also have been drawn in Liverpool, or rather at Speke Hall, and probably shows one of the Leyland girls.
The copper plate of Ship Builders Yard, Liverpool was cancelled with wide-spaced crossed diagonal 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 plate was then probably among those acquired from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958) 'in exchange for a number of lithographic proofs'. 9 The plate was later given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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