A Sketch of Shipping
|Medium:||etching and drypoint|
|Size:||154 x 228 mm|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||1|
|Catalogues:||K.151; M.48; T.84; W.127|
|Impressions taken from this plate (20)|
A Sketch of Shipping may date from 1859. It is unfinished and difficult to date.
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938) thought it dated from about 1859. 1 The copper plate is close in size to a number of etchings dating from 1859 (Stevens' Boat Yard , Whistler with a hat , Fumette's Bent Head , Arthur Haden , Mr Mann ). Of these, only Stevens' Boat Yard  is of a similar subject, and might help to confirm the dating.
1: Mansfield 1909 (cat. no. 48).
However, a similar size was used for some works in the early 1870s, including several subjects done at Speke Hall near Liverpool (Mrs Leyland, Sr. , Sketches of Heads , Speke Shore ) and others that must date from London in the second half of the 1870s (such as Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1 , Agnes ).
The latest possible date is 1879 when it was published with the set of Cancelled Etchings by the Fine Art Society.