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Mairie, Loches

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 413
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 220 x 130 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 12
Catalogues: K.382; M.382; W.259
Impressions taken from this plate  (12)


Mairie, Loches was mostly done in etching, with some drypoint reinforcing the closely worked shading in the window.


The first state was printed in black ink, one impression being on light-weight ivory laid paper with the watermark 'GR' under a crown (). The second state was printed in dark brown ink on ivory laid paper () and laid Japanese paper ().
The third and fourth states - which are very hard to distinguish and differentiated by no more than a slight rubbing down of the shadows - was printed on a variety of laid papers. One impression is in black ink on a cream paper with 'PRO PATRIA' watermark (). Most are in dark brown ink, for instance, on cream 'antique' (pre-1800) paper (), ivory () and cream papers (); cream with Arms of Amsterdam watermark () and ivory paper with an 'HR' countermark (). One is on laid Japanese () and another on ivory Asian paper ().
All are trimmed to the platemark and signed on the tab with Whistler's butterfly and 'imp.' to show that he printed them.