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Under Old Battersea Bridge

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 168
Date: 1876/1878
Medium: etching, drypoint and open bite
Size: 216 x 139 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 24
Catalogues: K.176; M.173
Impressions taken from this plate  (24)


Three states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K1760102
There is no signature or inscription.
The arch of the bridge, and the suspension bridge beyond, are etched in outline.

State 2

Etching: K1760z01
There are additional lines and foul biting on the piers and arch of Battersea Bridge; lines are added on the suspension bridge and water; three layers of clouds are added; drypoint shading is added on the boats, houses and church tower.
In the impression reproduced, figures in a rowing boat are drawn in charcoal in the water at lower left.

State 3

Etching: K1760301
Diagonal shading in drypoint is added in the sky, just above the buildings and suspension bridge, and in the clouds below the arch of Battersea bridge; there is additional shading on the church tower; horizontal lines are added to the reflection of the pier at left and right.
In later impressions of the third state, the drypoint has faded, as in the example below:
Etching: K1760303

State 3 (cancelled)

Etching: K1760404
Cancelled with diagonal and crossed lines right across the bridge and background.