Whistler altered The Traghetto, No. 1 (Kennedy 190) at the suggestion of another artist. Unhappy with the result, he undertook a second version, TraghettoNo. 2. According to Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Whistler took the first plate, printed it in white on a black ground on another plate, and then tried to recapture his original conception by selecting which lines to re-etch. Even so, in the third state of The Traghetto, No. 2, Whistler almost completely erased and withdrew the entire plate, essentially leaving only the figures on the right (the subsequent states show few changes). The painterly quality of this black-ink impression invites comparison with the prints of Rembrandt, for as Pennell noted: “Without taking away from the etched line, he (Whistler) has given a fullness of tone which makes the background of The Burgomaster Six seem weak in comparison” (Glasgow Online Catalogue).