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, state I, by burnishing: woman’s bowl and man’s left hand removed. Changes from version 1, state I, in drypoint: chair further delineated, feet added to table legs, and composition reinforced overall.
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-"
The texture in the dish in front of the man appears to be a result of erasing or scraping.
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