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Portrait of Whistler

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.208
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 (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:215 x 163 mm  
Plate mark size:118 x 80 mm  
Note on size:.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:faint plate tone on the shaded area on the upper half of the plate  
Note on foul biting:scattered  
Print note:A good impression with soft shading; In addition to flecks of foul biting there is a patch of more regular dots in the blank space beneath Whistler's hand.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'J.W.'  
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):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records the previous existence of the inscription "S.H." in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:'S.H' in graphite pencil on verso by Seymour Haden (see Lugt 1227 ); 'F' red stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt) on verso  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'1' faintly 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.