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Rag Shop, Milman's Row, Chelsea

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 329
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 153 x 229 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: illegible inscription at lower left
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.272; M.267
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


Four states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K2720206
Signed with a butterfly at upper right, between the doorway at right and the window. A faint and largely illegible inscription in reverse at lower left may read '26 Meck[or t] St[illegible] Lil[illegible] P[illegible] / Colim[illegible]'.
The composition is complete. The chest of drawers and figure leaning on the chest in the doorway are brightly lit.

State 2

Etching: K2720102
Extensive drypoint cross-hatching is added to the open doorway, both at the top and on each side of the white cabinet; the figure leaning on the cabinet is partly in shadow, but the face is defined.

State 3

Etching: K2720103
Additional cross-hatching darkens the shadows in the doorway; more drypoint shading is added under the hanging carpet to the left of the doorway.

State 4

Etching: K2720203
The chest of drawers is shaded; the cross-hatching in the doorway is slightly worn and is reinforced with fine drypoint lines; a patch of horizontal shading augments shadows on the wall to left of the steps; small patches of shading and cross-hatching are added on the hanging clothes and carpets, and above the striped cloth, to left of the open doorway; foul biting on the middle of the closed door reads as horizontal shading.
Some impressions appear to be more fully inked and darker than others, or perhaps some drypoint lines are worn.

State 3 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K272_01
Cancelled with one diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 9

9: A scan of the copper plate was flipped horizontally, converted to greyscale, and colour inverted, with enhanced contrast.