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Shaving and Shampooing

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 442
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 178 x 129 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 4
Catalogues: K.273; M.269
Impressions taken from this plate  (4)


It is pure etching, drawn with a mixture of wiry long lines, broken curving and hooked lines and patches of shading and zigzags, cross-hatched in the deepest shadows.


Shampoo Shop, St Martin's Lane is very rare. The first proof was printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper with the Arms of Amsterdam watermark (); others are in both dark brown () and black ink on ivory laid paper (). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with Whistler's butterfly and 'imp.' to show that he printed it.