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Riva, No. 2

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 230
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 211 x 307 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 44
Catalogues: K.206; M.203; W.175
Impressions taken from this plate  (44)


One state is known before cancellation, which occurred in five stages.

State 1

Etching: K2060104
Signed with a butterfly at upper left, on the lower storey of the rightmost building.
There are small patches of drypoint shading, most notably on the water behind the figures under the awning and between the edge of the quay and the prow of the boat at the landing. This shading is clearly visible on some impressions but is more commonly faint or worn away. The impression illustrated shows the shading printing clearly; it also has a prominent fox mark at lower left, which is not part of the image.
Published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau with the Twenty-six Etchings (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.

State 1 (cancelled a)

Etching: K2060202
Cancelled with two short right to left diagonal lines (//) at lower right and one faint left to right diagonal (\) at lower centre.
The diagonal lines, which are the beginning of plate cancellation, were mistaken by Kennedy for a second state of the etching. 9

9: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 206).

State 1 (cancelled b)

Etching: K2060203
Further cancelled with a third faint right to left diagonal between the two earlier lines at lower left.

State 1 (cancelled c)

Additionally cancelled with a fourth right to left diagonal and a curving left to right diagonal at lower left as well as two right to left diagonals across the boat landing at lower right.
No image of this impression is available at present.

State 1 (cancelled d)

Etching: K2060303
Three right to left diagonal cancellation lines are added across the buildings at upper centre, between the awning and boat landing at centre right and over the boats at the landing and the quayside next to them.

State 1 (cancelled e)

Etching: K2060302
Completely cancelled with widely-spaced crossed diagonal lines.