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Dry Docks, Southampton

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 302
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 67 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 9
Catalogues: K.322; M.317; W.240
Impressions taken from this plate  (9)


Dry Docks, Southampton,was executed primarily in etching, with very fine drypoint lines added above the horizon.


One impression of Dry Docks, Southampton has the number '11.' written on the verso, possibly by Whistler, which may be an indication of the printing sequence (). Whistler himself retained the first proof (), which was printed in dark brown ink, with light, slightly uneven surface tone, on cream laid paper. Several impressions were printed in black ink on cream (, ) or ivory laid paper (, , ). The sole known impression of the second state was printed in brown ink on ivory laid paper with a Strasbourg Lily watermark (). All were trimmed to the platemark and signed on a tab with the butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler printed them.