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Bird-Cages, Chelsea

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 297
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 153 x 230 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.276; M.271
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)


This is an etching, with just a small amount of drypoint shading added near the doorways.


There was a limited print-run. Impressions were printed on a variety of papers. One is in black ink on cream laid paper (), another on ivory (darkened to buff) with the watermark of an Eagle with the Basel Crozier (). Others are in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper () and fine cream laid paper watermarked 'D' (). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler had printed them.