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Dipping the Flag

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 308
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 82 x 178 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 10
Catalogues: K.325; M.319; W.242
Impressions taken from this plate  (10)


Four states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K3250202
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
The composition is complete.
The impression reproduced has small dashes of ink at upper right, probably produced during the wiping process.

State 2

Etching: K3250107
With fine horizontal drypoint shading above the horizon to the right of the large sailing ship in the background; there are a few new horizontal lines below that ship.

State 3

Etching: K3250102
The fine horizontal and curving lines among the waves at the centre of the plate are mostly removed or worn away.

State 4

Etching: K3250203
Small clouds are added lightly in drypoint; light horizontal drypoint shading is added above the horizon at centre and right.

State 4 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K325_01
Cancelled with a diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 6

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