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Chancellerie, Loches

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 411
Date: 1888
Medium: etching
Size: 271 x 166 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 7
Known impressions: 14
Catalogues: K.383; M.383
Impressions taken from this plate  (14)


Seven states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K3830102
Signed with a butterfly at right, below centre.
The composition is complete.

State 2

Etching: K3830202
Heavy right to left diagonal etched shading (///) is added under the roofline of the second building from the left; etched shading is added to the panes of the shop window on the ground floor, at centre, and to the upper storey windows of that building.
The shading on one of the two known impressions of this state appears to be worn or underinked ().

State 3

Etching: K3830303
Horizontal etched lines are added to the top of the shading under the roofline of the second building from the left; the roofline at the side of the building with the shop is strengthened, and more shading is added beneath it; a patch of vertical etched lines is added under the cornice of the furthest building on the left, and diagonal lines are added to the shading just above it; details in the shop window and the windows above it are altered, most notably the figure of a woman at the right side of the shop window, who formerly was clearly delineated, is now shown in silhouette.

State 4

Etching: K3830402
The windows in the building with the shop are changed again: all the panes on the top storey window are shaded, the second storey windows are more darkly shaded, and more etched shading is added to the shop window, where the woman's silhouette is no longer visible.

State 5

Etching: K3830502
New etched shading on the windows of the building with the shop is especially notable on the middle row of panes on the shop window, where shading is heavier and the shapes behind the window are altered.

State 6

Etching: K3830z03
Shading is reduced on almost all the windows on the building with the shop, except for the middle and bottom panes at right on the shop window, which now show a dark curving shape; a small patch of dark shading is added to the shop window frame, just above the top pane at right.
Kennedy mistook this state for an earlier stage in the plate's development, and included it as the third state in his catalogue. 10

10: Kennedy 1910[more] (cat. no. 383 state 3/5).

State 7

Etching: K3830z03
More etched shading is added to most panes of the shop window, and the three rightmost panes are almost completely darkened; small patches of shading are added to the window on the top storey above the shop; fine foul biting appears over most of the etched area, and a distinct 'tide line' is visible at upper left.

State 7 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K383_01
Cancelled with one diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 11

11: A scan of the copper plate was flipped horizontally, converted to greyscale, and colour inverted, with enhanced contrast.