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Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.411
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably acquired from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, through T. W. Dewing, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:140 x 245 mm  
Plate mark size:n/a mm  
Note on size:trimmed within plate mark; uneven cut at bottom; copper plate measures 149 x 265 including bevel  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: gasenshi; with a lot of debris - even distribution  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:some on the upper portion of plate; most on the lower portion of plate  
Print note:This appears to differ in significant ways from the other Freer impressions (1897.017 and 1913.198), which have less pronounced foul biting; perhaps an impression before the 25-30 impressions printed by XXX (see letter to CLF dated XXX). Freer owns the copper plate, which has been compared to this impression; many defects apparent in this impression have been cleaned from the plate.  


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:  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records the previous existence of the inscription "S.H." in graphite in etchings' marin. It was erased 1924.03.29  
Collector's mark:''F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'5' in red pencil at lower right on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.