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Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1897.17
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York, (receipt, 14 April 1897), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, receipt dated 19 April 1897; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:209 x 264 mm  
Plate mark size:145 x 259 mm  
Note on size:sheet extends only 3-4 mm beyond plate mark at right and ends at or just within plate mark at left; copper plate measures 149 x 265 including bevel  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); with little debris - even distribution; horizontal chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light regular plate tone over the image area  
Note on foul biting:traces near the sketches at the top of the plate and at the lower right  
Print note:See Freer 1898.411 with more pronounced foul biting and plate scratches; light plate tone within plate mark with sharp edges carefully manipulated; faint horizontal scratches and burnishing marks visible in blank area below cliffs at centre right; Freer owns the copper plate, which has been compared to this impression; perhaps one of about 25-30 impressions printed posthumously (see letter from him to CLF dated XXX). See folder note transcribed for 1913.198.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'JW'  
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):  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt), blindstamp on recto and in red on verso  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'97.17' Veritype inscription on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.