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Passages de l'Opéra

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 386
Date: 1888
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 129 x 218 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 1
Known impressions: 6
Catalogues: K.418; M.367; W.256
Impressions taken from this plate  (6)


Passages de l'Opera is almost completely etched, but there is fine drypoint shading on one figure in the group next to the tree, to the left of the passageway.


One impression, inscribed '1st state', was printed in black ink on ivory laid 'Pro Patria' watermarked paper. Three were printed, also in black, on ivory laid paper with a crowned 'GR' watermark, apparently taken from a book or ledger (, , ). Impressions of Quai de Montebello 385 were also printed on this paper, presumably at the same time (, ). The paper is slightly discoloured and darkening to buff, and it is likely that another impression, on buff laid paper, but with no visible watermark, is from the same ledger (). One was printed in dark brown ink on ivory 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper with the watermark of a crown over letters ().