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The Landing Stage, Cowes

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 309
Date: 1887
Medium: etching
Size: 134 x 96 mm
Signed: butterfly at left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 15
Catalogues: K.328; M.322; W.245
Impressions taken from this plate  (15)


Three states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K3280108
Signed with a butterfly at left, below centre. The composition is complete.
Traces of an earlier composition, showing a window or door, at right angles to the main subject, are clearly visible at bottom right.
The impression reproduced above has clear vertical wiping marks in the plate tone.

State 2

Etching: K3280106
The rectangular shaded door or window at lower right, the remnants of an earlier composition, has been partly removed.

State 3

Etching: K3280110
Most traces of scraper marks and other defects are removed.
The impression reproduced above has distinct curving horizontal wiping marks in the plate tone.
Pitting and small scratches appeared during the course of printing the final state, as described and illustrated below:
Etching: K3280104
(a) A small curved mark, possibly a scratch, at upper right, below the awning (as illustrated above).
Etching: K3280117
(b) Two curved marks or scratches between the butterfly and the man to right, and angular scratches to left of the man's newspaper (as illustrated above).
Etching: K3280103
(c) Minor pitting and scratches, including two slightly slanting lines below the skirt of the standing girl and two similar lines above and to left of the man's hat. The lines below the skirt could be interpreted as intentional, but are in fact accidental.

State 3 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K328_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.