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Bead Stringers

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 235
Date: 1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 229 x 154 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (8-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 11
Known impressions: 40
Catalogues: K.198; M.195; W.164
Impressions taken from this plate  (40)
The copper plate is the same size as those for Ponte Piovan 220 and Quiet Canal 224, and is one of the basic sizes obtained from the London firm of Hughes & Kimber before Whistler left for Venice. It bears the firm's oval stamp, 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' on the verso.
Thus, with Ponte Piovan 220 and Quiet Canal 224, it was one of the copper plates taken by Whistler to Venice in September 1879, to fulfil a commission from the Fine Art Society for a set of etchings. However, it was published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau with the Twenty-six Etchings (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.
The plate was cancelled first with diagonal lines and then with crossed diagonal lines. It is now in the Art Institute of Chicago. 4

4: Acc. No. 1933.690.