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Little Salute

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 210
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: drypoint
Size: 82 x 210 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right (3)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 10
Catalogues: K.220; M.217; W.190
Impressions taken from this plate  (10)


The plate was executed in pure drypoint.


The first state of Little Salute was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper (). There is an impression of the third state in brown ink on light-weight off-white laid paper (), but most were printed in black on ivory laid paper (i.e. , , ), and one is on a sheet with a crown watermark that was taken from a book (). Generally they are printed with a light film of ink tone across the sky and water, one for instance with delicate vertical wiping (), but another, perhaps over-inked, with blotchy, watery tone ().
There was probably a limited print-run of at least 12 impressions. All but one (), are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them. The unsigned one was printed without surface tone, and it is possible it was printed by another printer or assistant to the artist.