|Size:||152 x 229 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at lower right (6-final)|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||8|
|Catalogues:||K.168; M.164; W.130|
|Impressions taken from this plate (28)|
Eight states are known before cancellation.
There is no signature or inscription.
There are traces of an earlier drawing of a sailing ship with two masts and crossed yards to left of centre. The warehouses in the distance are drawn in outline; the three barges at right are in outline.
Warehouses are added on the far side of the river, behind the rigging of the mast with a small square flag; some vertical strokes are added on the jetty in front of that mast.
The ghostly ship of the earlier composition has been mostly removed; the sailing ship at left is drawn in more detail, including rigging, seamen, lowered sails, and more definition of the hull; three figures are added in the lower right corner; a mast, with rigging and a long pennant, is added to the barge at the end of the wharf, in the centre; the two ships and masts at right are enlarged, with new rigging - a yard on the one at far right, a lowered sail and yard on the second ship and three figures on the deck; the wharf is drawn in more detail and extended almost to the right edge; horizontal lines are added on two of the buildings in the centre; a three-masted ship is added on the far side of the river, and the other shipping, wharves and warehouses are more defined.
The hull of the central sailing boat or barge has added shading; traces of the earlier ship and rigging at left have been further removed; the rigging on the ship is touched up, the foreskysail-stay (running from the bow-spirit to upper left) being duplicated; curved lines augment the shading on the prow of the ship.
Short cross-lines shade the sides of the small boats and lighters clustered between the taller ships; more details and shading are added on the warehouses; there are horizontal drypoint lines in the sky behind the masts in the distance; reflections are added in the water.
Signed with a butterfly at bottom right.
The sides of the barges in the right foreground are shaded; cargo is added in the barge at left, and the man on the bow is larger; the reflections at left are lengthened; the wharf at right is heavily outlined; the dock and houses across the river are more clearly defined.
There is conspicuous burnishing around the rigging at upper left; the original foreskysail-stay is mostly removed and a second line reinforces the stay; the figure on the barge in the centre is taller.
The upper yards on the ship at left extend beyond the stay to right; the fore-stay and some of the other rigging appears to have been rubbed down or faded.
State 8 (cancelled)
Cancelled with widely spaced crossed diagonal lines.