The "HC" inscription, in the artist's hand, does not indicate a conventional H.C. impression, which would be included in an edition.
There are 16 additional known impressions of this state in MoMA's Collection. They are not illustrated, due to their similarity to the other impressions seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. One impression is on white paper (Accession Number: 854.2008) while the remaining 15 impressions are on blue, slightly textured, laid Dieu Donné paper (Accession Numbers: 1425.2008, 1426.2008, 1427.2008, 1429.2008, 1430.2008, 1431.2008, 1432.2008, 1433.2008, 1434.2008, 1435.2008, 1436.2008, 1437.2008, 1438.2008, 1439.2008, 1440.2008).
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1, state I, in drypoint: shading added to left and right ends of shape.
Inscribed on the source drawing: "Treaser Trove" (sic) upper right sheet, black ink, artist's hand; "I hold [obscured]" lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand; "Hold my bones / together" lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
About the source drawing, 1994: "This is my favorite drawing of all. It is a call for help. It means, 'Keep me together, do not abandon me, hold my bones together.' Speaking of the toi and moi! It should be called 'Friendship, The Value of Friendship.' I made this for Nigel Finch, the filmmaker. He just passed away." (Quote cited in Bourgeois, Louise and Lawrence Rinder. "Louise Bourgeois Drawings and Observations." Berkeley: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive University of California, Berkeley; Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1995, p. 175.)
Nigel Finch (1949-1995) was a British filmmaker. In 1994, he directed a documentary about the artist titled "Louise Bourgeois: No Trespassing."
Felix Harlan, of Harlan & Weaver, had this paper made to match the color of the artist's favorite blue stationary. Bourgeois wanted to try printing on her actual stationary but it was not suitable for printing.
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