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Chelsea Embankment

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 268
Date: 1886
Medium: etching
Size: 45 x 135 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 23
Catalogues: K.260; M.256; W.211
Impressions taken from this plate  (23)


One state is known.

State 1

Etching: K2600104
Signed with an indistinct butterfly at lower right, to left of the four figures at right.

State 1 (lightly damaged plate)

Etching: K2600104
The plate surface is lightly scratched and pitted, resulting in scattered dots and dashes across the image; fine vertical scratches are apparent on some impressions.
Some impressions with minor plate damage were presumably printed by others after Whistler's death (i.e. , and ).

State 1 (damaged plate)

Etching: K2600201
The plate is further damaged by rust, acid or another corrosive action, resulting in large, irregular blotches at the bottom and right, as well as a number of smaller patches at left.
Some of these recent, posthumous impressions have less prominent evidence of corrosion due to lighter inking and more careful wiping of the plate (i.e. ).