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 III, by burnishing: child’s neck removed. Changes from version 2, state III, in drypoint: child’s neck reconfigured, dishes and woman’s right shoulder further delineated.
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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