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Barges, Dordrecht

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 262
Date: 1886
Medium: etching
Size: 66 x 99 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 10
Catalogues: K.244; M.241
Impressions taken from this plate  (10)
The copper plate has not been located. It was close in size to another Dordrecht subject, The Little Wheelwright's 261 and also similar to two London subjects dating from about 1886 (The Seamstress 253, The Bonnet-Shop 254) and several 1887 plates (Church Door, Edgware 291, The Abbey Jubilee 296, Children's Fruit Barrow 347).
It was probably printed after Whistler's death by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938). In a draft catalogue of Whistler's etchings, Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) wrote that Menpes owned the plate. 6

According to the Freer Gallery of Art records, their impression of Boats, Dordrecht - which was not cancelled or damaged - originally bore a note by Freer reading 'Erased April 25th, 1924.' ().

6: J. Pennell, n.d., draft catalogue, Library of Congress, Pennell Collection, Box. 353.

The plate was printed posthumously and was cancelled or damaged by corrosion or acid along the bottom edge.