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Temple Bar

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 175
Date: 1877
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 214 x 137 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.162; M.159; W.133
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Three states are known.

State 1

Etching: K1620102
There is no signature or inscription.
The Bar and buildings are faintly outlined in drypoint.

State 2

Etching: K1620202
The Bar is more defined, still in drypoint, with architectural details outlined and casting shadows, statues in niches above the arch, and stones round the arch added; the wall of the house at left is extended; buildings are seen through the arch; long horizontal lines run across the front of the arch, indicating wooden structural supports.

State 3

Etching: K1620302
The composition is completed in etching, with windows, statues, pilasters and other architectural details added to the Bar, pedestrians and a horse-drawn omnibus in the arched passage underneath, and a lamp-post in front of the Bar at right; other additions include the head of a horse in the foreground and figures in the street at right; a horse and cart at left; roofs at upper left and a church tower in the distance at right.
The impression reproduced is foxed.
Etching: K1620303
A later impression - reproduced above - has a long diagonal scratch across the foreground, crossing the horse's head ().

State 4

Etching: K1620303
Several curving lines and a patch of horizontal lines indicate clouds in the sky.
The impression reproduced is badly foxed.