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Speke Hall: The Avenue

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Accession no: WAG 9066
State: 9/14

Collection credit:The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Museums  
Provenance:Purchased from Sotheby's through Agnew's; Sotheby's, Belgravia, 7 October 1975, lot 130, by the Walker Art Gallery.  


Paper size:328 x 196 mm  
Plate mark size:225 x 151 mm  
Note on size:The paper is unevenly cut. It is torn at the lower edge. There is Latin writing in brown ink on the verso referring to Constantine and St Paul.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight, 'antique' laid paper with only faint laid lines.  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:Grey wash around the figure of the woman, defining her dress and feathers in her hat, and also the driveway (according to the gallery notes this additional work is in pencil and pen).  
Print tone:There is a very light print tone that is slightly more pronounced in the upper third where it gives definition to the sky and background landscape.  
Note on foul biting:There is foul biting at the right edge and pitting throughout. Around the house and sky there are areas of fine granular tone and fine acid spots (bubbles) particularly at the upper right and in front of the house (Whistler appears to be playing with tonal effects and texturing).  
Print note:There is a rich velvety drypoint burr on the figure of the woman and trees. Retroussage is also used on the trees and house to give deep inky effects.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler 1870.' ('l' crossed not 't')  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'Speke Hall.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'no 33' on verso, at lower right.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.