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Sleeping Child, Ajaccio

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 54922
State: 1/1

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Plate bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; printed for her by Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956), Bristol, 1931; this impression bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  


Paper size:208 x 222 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 190 mm  
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. The left and upper edges are rough.  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:There is a dark, uneven print tone. It is particularly dark above the doorway and upper right corner. The door and woman with child are wiped much more cleanly. There is a medium tone in the foreground and left edge.  
Note on foul biting:There is an area of foul biting at the lower edge and a mark from the grip of a tool at the right side. There is pitting around the doorway and an area where pitting affects the etched lines at the woman's feet.  
Print note:The etched lines on the door appear worn down, or at least the lines have not printed fully, perhaps because the lines are clogged on the plate (it is probably this rather than a fault of inking as it is not only this impression that is affected). There is a mottled effect from wiping and slight reticulation of ink at the right side. There are scratch marks from wiping particularly in the upper section.  


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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):'Nathaniel Sparks. Imp.' at centre on verso in pencil.  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'The Sleeping Child, Ajaccio' on recto, at lower left margin.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.