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Long Lagoon

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 215
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 154 x 228 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (2)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 40
Catalogues: K.203; M.200; W.169
Impressions taken from this plate  (40)


Two states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K2030103
There is no signature or inscription.
Early impressions of the first state show scratches on the sky and water, including lines that appear to be a faint remnant of a gondola prow to left of the reflection of the two long posts; the impression illustrated shows all scratches quite clearly. These scratches vary in intensity on other proofs and have worn away on later impressions of the first state (see ). While it is possible the small defects were intentionally removed from the plate, the fact that lines of the etched subject are also less pronounced on later impressions argues for wear rather than burnishing.
In this and the next state, one of the 'Second Venice Set'.

State 2

Etching: K2030202
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
In this and the previous state, one of the 'Second Venice Set'.

State 2 (cancelled)

Etching: K2030302
Cancelled with crossed zig-zag lines.