The Two Ships
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||207 x 133 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower left|
|Set/Publication:||Fine Art Society|
|No. of States:||5|
|Catalogues:||K.148; M.146; W.116|
|Impressions taken from this plate (17)|
Three states are known.
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
The composition is complete. The hulls of the boats are pale.
Strong curved drypoint lines are added on the ships' sterns; the reflections are strengthened and extended; more shading and rigging are added on the distant shipping and warehouses.
Short diagonal lines shade the sides of the small boat to left of the two ships in the foreground; diagonal and long curving lines shade the bow and stern of the ship in the centre; vertical shading is added on the warehouse at far right; a patch of slightly slanting lines indicates clouds at left.
More shading is added to the small boat's reflection; light vertical shading is added above the dark part of the hull, on the stern of the ship to right.
Neat vertical shading is added on the upper part of each stern, and additional diagonal shading below; the vertical shading above the dark area on the hull at right has been removed or faded; the reflections between and in front of the ships are darkened and extended; the stern and sides of the small boat at left are strongly outlined and more shading is added; another warehouse is added at right behind the existing one; the ghostly remains of a mast and rigging at left are removed and replaced by a barge in mid-stream with half-furled sails; the foul biting in the bottom right corner is removed.