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Sketch after Cecil Lawson's "Swan and Iris"

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 247
Date: 1882
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 142 x 82 (1); 134 x 82 (2) mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: E. W. Gosse, 'Cecil Lawson, a Memoir', London, 1883
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 32
Catalogues: K.241; M.238
Impressions taken from this plate  (32)


Six states are known.

State 1

Etching: K2410102
There is no signature or inscription.
The composition is complete; the plate has extensive light scratches.
The impression shown above has been trimmed at right, so the platemark is not visible.

State 2

Etching: K2410105
Some drypoint shading around the iris and on the distant trees has faded or been reduced; scratches have been removed; a leaf is added to left of the flower; drypoint additions include both strong and light shading at the top of the arch, light shading from left to right (\\\) in the sky, and light horizontal lines in the water to left of the iris, near the left edge.
The platemark indicates a plate size of about 150 x 91 mm.

State 3

Etching: K2410109
Drypoint additions include additional short right to left diagonals (///) on the arch at upper left, and diagonal shading from right to left between the poplar trees and the sailing boat.

State 4

Etching: K2410101
The plate is reduced in size to ca 134 x 82mm.
More drypoint shading, from right to left (///) is added at the top of the arch.
Published in this and the following state as an illustration by E.W. Gosse in 1883. 9

9: Gosse 1883[more].

State 5

Etching: K2410204
The sails are completely shaded in drypoint; other drypoint additions include light diagonal lines from right to left (///) on the reflections of the bank at left, and vertical shading between the ships and in their reflections.
There are considerable variations in inking and wear.
Published in this and the previous state as an illustration by E.W. Gosse in 1883. 10

10: Gosse 1883[more]

State 6

Etching: K2410208
Several diagonal lines and one short, almost horizontal line are added to the lower edge of the dark shading on the left side of the arch, and extend into the bevel on that edge.