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Au Sixième

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.410
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; listed by E. G. Kennedy as in the Haden Collection , 1910, 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:139 x 99 mm  
Plate mark size:107 x 76 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white on ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):China laid down on wove  
Note on the paper:slightly orangey pink tissue; chine colle; sheet of china paper is smaller than platemark so inscription "Au Sixieme" is printed on support sheet beneath it; little debris - even distribution  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light residual tone  
Note on foul biting:small patches along the top of the plate and near the corners  
Print note:Copper plate appears to have been damaged at one corner as l.l. plate mark on etching is irregular and not rounded; Kennedy master  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. inv.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'Au Sixieme.'  
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):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records the previous existence of the notation "S.H." in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:'S. Haden' in graphite pencil on verso; 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'G' with right-left underscore on verso; 'probably the first of Whistlers Etchgs/ - I never saw but this one. S.H.' written by F.S. Haden on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.