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Cameo, No. 2

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 460
Date: 1891
Medium: etching
Size: 178 x 128 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 5
Catalogues: K.348; M.334
Impressions taken from this plate  (5)


Etching: K3480104
The composition is done in pure etching. One impression was drawn on extensively in graphite pencil, indicating possible additions, but these were not carried out. It is inscribed, possibly by Whistler, 'N 3 / 2', which is rather hard to interpret! Is it the third impression or the second? Or the second in a sales list? Or what?


It is fairly rare. The first proof was printed in black ink on ivory laid paper (). One impression, printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper with an 'IV' countermark, was kept by Whistler (). Neither of these were trimmed.
Several other impressions were trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with Whistler's butterfly and 'imp.' to show that he had printed them. These included an impression in black ink () and two in dark brown ink on off-white () and ivory () laid paper, the latter possibly with the Arms of Amsterdam watermark.