Changes from state II in drypoint: extended and widened the legs, rounded the body, and added a head. Additions in red ink: filled in and widened the body, anticipating state IV. Additions in blue watercolor: reinforced the platemark and darkened the corners, anticipating selective wiping in the edition. Additions in black ink: added a black dot inside the bottom coil of the snake.
State IV of this composition was published as a benefit for the Beyeler Foundation, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland.
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "Patte Cassée / Broken leg. / Friendly Spider: The snake curled around one of its leg and sits there. Sept."
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