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The Seamstress

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 253
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 99 x 66 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.252; M.248; W.206
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


Three states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K2520102
Signed with a butterfly at upper left.
The composition is complete.

State 2

Etching: K2520103
The seated woman's head is changed -- her chin is rounded, and her head and hair are enlarged at the top and back; light diagonal drypoint shading is added under her forearm and on the cloth that hangs below her hand; several short diagonal lines are added above the end of her sleeve.

State 3

Etching: K2520201
The seated woman's head appears to have been rebitten, reinforcing and darkening the outline of her profile; a patch of foul biting appears across her forehead along with two small dark spots at her temple and above her ear; the drypoint outlines that enlarged her head are reduced or worn.