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The Steamboat, Venice

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 212
Date: 1879/1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 264 x 185 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.228; M.225
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


Four states are known.

State 1

Etching: K2280202
There is no signature or inscription.
The rigging of the central mast on the steamboat at left is incomplete; there are only one or two figures, faintly suggested, at the edge of the quay at lower right.

State 2

Etching: K2280104
The central mast on the steamboat at left is partly removed, along with some details on the horizon behind it; the outer curving line by the quay is extended; several more figures are partly added in drypoint at the left and centre of the quay; the outline of a curving prow is added above the central group of sketched figures.

State 3

Etching: K2280102
The central mast on the steamboat at left is redrawn and its rigging completed with drypoint lines; reflections are added below the largest boat under sail.

State 4

Etching: K2280203
The upper part of the outer curving line is removed or worn away; spots of foul biting appear, mostly at the top of the image.