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From Billingsgate

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 165
Date: 1876/1877
Medium: drypoint
Size: 152 x 229 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right (6-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 8
Known impressions: 28
Catalogues: K.168; M.164; W.130
Impressions taken from this plate  (28)
Etching: PK168_01
The copper plate is the same size as Pickle Herring Wharf 164 and close in size to several other Thames etchings, some much earlier (Thames Police 053, Longshore men 052, Black Lion Wharf 054) and to both figurative and city-scape subjects of the 1870s (such as Speke Hall: The Avenue 101, Maud, Standing 169, The Little Forge, Liverpool 141, and Price's Candle Factory 166).
The copper plate was cancelled with widely 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 probably among those acquired in exchange for lithographs from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851) by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). 8 The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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