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The Long House (The Dyers, Amsterdam)

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 453
Date: 1889
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 166 x 271 mm
Signed: butterfly to upper left of centre
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 6
Known impressions: 14
Catalogues: K.406; M.408; W.266
Impressions taken from this plate  (14)


Six states are known before cancellation.

State 1

Etching: K4060102
Signed with a butterfly on the lower part of the shed, above and to left of centre.
The composition is complete.

State 2

Etching: K4060103
Some of the reflections, and the small bridge at far right, have been modified by rubbing down and redrawn.

State 3

Etching: K4060201
A woman holding a child in her arms stands behind a fence at right centre, and the small window panes to her left have been partly shaded; there is additional shading on the brickwork of the long building; the hides or cloths hung up at left have faded or been lightened; the window pane to right of the cloths has new shading; fine diagonal shading is added on the woman in the doorway; shading is added on the foundations of the building at left and under the small bridge at far right; some lightening of the reflections is combined with additional light shading and cross-hatching on the reflections.

State 4

Etching: K4060203
The hide or cloth hanging at left has been lightened; the lower pane of the window to left of the woman standing in the doorway is lightened in the lower part.

State 5

Etching: K4060z01
Patches of shading are added in the middle of the cloth at left and on the window panes to right of it.

State 6

Etching: K4060303
New diagonal lines are added in the reflections below the door at left, and along the bottom edge.
Some impressions are rather subdued, as some of the lines broke down, as in the impression reproduced below.
Etching: K4060302

State 6 (cancelled)

Etching: PS_K406_01
Cancelled with a diagonal line.

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. This is a digital image based on the copper plate. 14

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