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Portrait of Whistler

New York Public Library
Accession no: MEZAP
State: 1/1

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © New York Public Library  
Provenance:Philippe Burty (1830-1890), Paris; probably sold at auction, Sotheby, London, 1 May 1876 (lot 931), bought by 'Palmer', £5.0.0. Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), New York; listed by E. G. Kennedy as owned by the Lenox Library, 1910 (Lenox Library became part of New York Public Library, 1911).  


Paper size:192 x 148 mm  
Plate mark size:118 x 79 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:card, but rough  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:quite rich, watery tone.  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:attractive, shadows rather run together in hair, delicate shading.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'J.W.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler' in pencil on recto  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Early portrait of self -' on recto  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'PB' on recto, red stamp (Philippe Burty, Lugt 413) and 'S. P. AVERY / COLLECTION' stamp (Lugt 41); on verso, 'N.Y. PUBLIC LIBRARY PRINT DEPARTMENT' stamp.  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'non décrit - Portrait d J. A Whistler' written possibly by P. Burty.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.