|Size:||153 x 230 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly at left|
|Set/Publication:||'Cancelled Plates', 1879|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.166; M.162; W.136|
|Impressions taken from this plate (25)|
'I know that my Etchings have a place in your valuable collection - & so I write to tell you that I have again taken up my Copper plates - & have just produced some Dry points - quite new - they are curiously delicate in quality & will consequently give very few impressions - Will you come & see them?' 2
Other London prints of similar date include Steamboat Fleet, Chelsea , Battersea: Early Morning , Price's Candle Factory  and Battersea Morn .
2: 2 October , GUW #07552.
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921) wrote: 'This dry-point, of which Mr Avery and Mr Theobald and one or two others have impressions, was done in 1878' but he was not entirely correct - in fact it would appear Whistler was still working on the etching or promoting it in 1878. 4 Avery may well have bought his impression in 1878 or 1879, and assumed it was a recent work ().
3: 'English Etching', The Standard, London, 25 April 1878, p. 2 (GUL PC1/94).
4: Wedmore 1886 A (cat. no. 136).