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The Steps, Gray's Inn

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 282
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 67 x 179 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.295; M.290
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)


One state is known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K2950102
Signed with a butterfly to left of centre, on the bank to right of the steps. A second butterfly is faintly visible, approximately 26 mm below the stronger one.
In posthumous impressions of this state, the second butterfly has faded and there are spots of corrosion below the seated figures, to right of centre, as shown in the image below.
Etching: K2950103

State 1 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K295_01
Cancelled with one diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known.

This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 5

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