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Savoy Scaffolding

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 317
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 178 x 82 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 11
Catalogues: K.267; M.263; W.217
Impressions taken from this plate  (11)


Savoy Scaffolding was executed in pure etching.


The first proof is in dark brown ink on light-weight ivory 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper (). Most subsequent impressions are in brown ink, for instance, one given by Whistler to Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901) is in brown ink, with delicate, carefully wiped tone, on 'modern' cream laid paper (). Most are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with the butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them. However, some are in black ink, on ivory or off-white laid paper (, ) and one of these, which was owned by Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) himself, is signed with a slightly odd butterfly (), and another, a delicate impression, is neither trimmed nor signed ().