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Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 158
Date: 1876/1877
Medium: drypoint
Size: 228 x 153 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.170; M.167; W.139
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)
Etching: PK170_01
The copper plate is similar in size to many others used in the 1870s including Maud, Standing 169, Agnes 146 and, hardly surprisingly, Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 159.
The copper plate was cancelled with eight bold crossed diagonal lines across the figure and background. It was probably among plates bought at Whistler's bankruptcy sale by the Fine Art Society, London. It was probably intended for publication in the set of Cancelled Plates by the Fine Art Society in 1879, but rejected in favour of Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 159.
The copper plate was probably among those acquired in exchange for lithographs from Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958). 13 The plate was given by Miss Philip to the University of Glasgow in 1935.

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