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Her Majesty's Fleet: Evening

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 310
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 144 x 223 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 7
Catalogues: K.326; M.320; W.243
Impressions taken from this plate  (7)
Etching: PK326_01
Recto, above; verso, below:
Etching: PK326_02
The Fleet: Monitors 306 is the same size as Jubilee Place, Chelsea 276 and Her Majesty's Fleet: Evening 310. The latter bears the oval stamp of Hughes & Kimber, London copper merchants. Also close in size are the plates for The Cock and the Pump 321, and two Brussels etchings, Palaces, Brussels 338 (also a Hughes & Kimber plate) and Grand'Place, Brussels 335, all dating from 1887.
The original large copper sheets were probably stamped before being cut into smaller sizes. Thus some Hughes & Kimber plates do not have a stamp on the verso. Given the consistency in size of these etchings from 1887, it seems likely they were all made by Hughes & Kimber.
The copper plate was in Whistler's estate and passed to Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), who gave it to the University of Glasgow in 1935. It was cancelled posthumously with a diagonal line across the lower left corner.