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Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 311
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 133 x 97 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.327; M.321; W.244
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)


Four states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K3270111
Signed with a butterfly at lower left.
The composition is complete; there are many dots and flecks of foul biting at the centre.

State 2

Etching: K3270207
Drypoint lines are added at the horizon.

State 3

Etching: K3270206
Many dots of foul biting at centre are worn away or removed; light drypoint shading is added on and around the larger ships at left and right; pale left to right diagonals are added to the sky at centre, just above the horizon; outlines of clouds and slight left to right diagonal shading is added at upper centre.

State 4

Etching: K3270105
Additional drypoint lines are added to the stern of the foremost ship on the left.

State 4 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K327_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.