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The Rialto

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 199
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 298 x 203 mm
Signed: butterfly at left (3)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 36
Catalogues: K.211; M.208; W.181
Impressions taken from this plate  (36)
The copper plate bears the maker's oval stamp: 'HUGHES & KIMBER (LIMITED) / MANUFACTURERS / LONDON E.C.' It is similar in size to several other plates used in Venice, by the same maker, The Bridge, Santa Marta 201, Nocturne: Palaces 200, The Riva 229 and The Balcony 202. Thus the plate was brought from London and intended for the set of Venetian etchings commissioned by the Fine Art Society.
However, it was published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840- d.1892) with A Set of Twenty-six Etchings (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886. It was then cancelled with crossed curving zigzag lines.
The plate is now in the Art Institute of Chicago. 6

6: Acc. No. 1933.713.