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The Abbey Jubilee

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 296
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 99 x 67 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 3
Catalogues: K.316; M.326
Impressions taken from this plate  (3)


The first state is in pure etching, which is augmented by small runs of drypoint shading in the second state. The figures in the balconies, drawn with tiny squiggles and circles, and short, bouncy and jagged lines, look like rejoicing angels or putti.


Only three impressions of The Abbey Jubilee have been located. The first was printed in dark brown ink in cream laid paper (); one impression of the second state was printed in black ink on buff Asian laid paper () and another in dark brown on off-white laid paper (). They are all trimmed to the platemark and signed with a butterfly and 'imp.' (to show that Whistler had printed them) on the tab.