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Free Trade Wharf

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 171
Date: 1877
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 99 x 186 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: Fine Art Society, 1879?
No. of States: 8
Known impressions: 33
Catalogues: K.163; M.160; W.134
Impressions taken from this plate  (33)


Eight states are known.

State 1

Etching: K1630101
There is no signature or inscription.
The composition is mostly complete.

State 2

Etching: K1630201
Horizontal lines are added in the sky behind the shipping.

State 3

Etching: K16302a
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
Dark shading is added on the warehouses, particularly those in the distance; diagonal shading is added on the nearest warehouse at lower right; shading is added on the hulls of the ships in the river at left; there is some foul biting on the water; more ships are added in the distance by the wharf to left of centre.

State 4

Etching: K1630502
The barge and small boats near it at left centre have been mainly burnished out; the horizontal shading behind the ships has either faded or been removed.
Published in this state by the Fine Art Society, London, in 1879.

State 5

Etching: K1630401
Horizontal drypoint shading is added above the ships; clouds are added above the big warehouses at right.

State 6

Etching: K1630301
More drypoint clouds and shading are added in the sky at upper left; the drypoint at upper right is fading or has been rubbed down.

State 7

Etching: K1630302
Horizontal drypoint lines are added in the sky, extending the earlier horizontal lines; shading is extended on the hulls of a boat in the river at left and on the ships in the river and by the wharf to left of centre.

State 8

Etching: K1630303
Drypoint lines extend the reflections under the sailing boat at left.