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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)


Her Majesty's Fleet: Evening was executed in etching and touched up in drypoint.


There is a detailed but not entirely clear record of printing of the 'Naval Review Set'. Five impressions of Her Majesty’s Fleet: Evening were printed by 19 August and seven on 23 August 1887, a total of twelve; in addition eight are listed on 1 September, but this may be a record of impressions still in stock. 10 By 1889 he only had one in stock. 11

Whistler may have numbered some impressions; one, for instance, bears a '(No. 4)' that may have been by Whistler () - which could be a record of printing or sale.

10: [18 August- 1 September 1887], GUW #13234.

11: [18 July 1887], GUW #13235.

Impressions were printed in dark brown ink on laid paper, including ivory (, ); cream (); 'antique' (pre-1800) with 'IV' countermark () and with 'SH' watermark (). One is in black ink on ivory laid paper with a Strasbourg Lily watermark (). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with a butterfly and 'imp.' to show that Whistler printed them.