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The Fishing Boat

Art Institute of Chicago
Accession no: 1938.1884
State: 3/6

Collection credit:The Clarence Buckingham Collection  
Image credit:Photo © The Art Institute of Chicago  
Provenance:Bought from Whistler by the Royal Collection, Windsor, 1882; sold to Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1906; sold to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1906 (stock no. 42027); sold to Clarence L. Buckingham (1854-1913), Chicago, 1906, for $360; bequeathed to his sisters; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1938.  
Additional acq. no:14360 (R 5750 - old acq no)  


Paper size:163 x 233 mm  
Plate mark size:155 x 233 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with some plate tone, particularly near the plate edges, and along the bottom.  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:Splotches of open bite at upper left of the boat, in the water below it and on the sail; scraper and burnishing marks at the left edge of the plate.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:The pencil butterfly dates from 1885/1886.  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'VR' crowned, oval stamp (Royal Library, Windsor, Lugt 2535); 'CB' rectangular stamp (Clarence Buckingham, Lugt 497)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 41540', or 'a 41590', crossed out, 'a 42027' at lower left verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:partial crown device and 'W.198' at lower left verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.