James McNeill Whistler and Watercolour: Making and Meaning

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Wool Carders, 1879/80
Drypoint, with additions in brown wash. First state. Signed below plate with butterfly
The Whistler Estate, presented by Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1935

There are three states of this plate, which show Whistler experimenting with line, tone and composition. Watercolour seems to have been used on this proof of the first state to experiment with the application of tone. The proof was followed by the second state where plate tone – a skim of ink - was applied in a similar way. GLAHA 46618

Wool Carders, 1879/80