The 3 impressions of varying states labeled "HC", in the artist's hand, are not conventional H.C. impressions, which would be included in an edition.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: composition transferred to slightly larger plate, in drypoint; heads of parents reconfigured, collar and tie added to man, shoes added to child, table top reconfigured, table and chair legs lengthened. Changes from version 2, state II, by burnishing: man’s left sleeve partially removed. Changes from version 2, state II, in drypoint: man’s suit lapels delineated and left sleeve reconfigured, and food added to dishes.
In the inscription on the verso of the second study illustrated in the Evolving Composition Diagram below, Bourgeois refers to Jean-Louis, one of her three sons.
Inscription on the verso of the first study illustrated in the Evolving Composition Diagram below: "where people face each other in judgment, dinner table, impossible / to hide."
Inscription on the verso of the second study illustrated in the Evolving Composition Diagram below: "unique for Pat Slatt / print / the child is Jean Louis / the father is looking at Jean L Louis. / January 28 1998. NY / Rachel Cowan-"
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