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La Mère Gérard

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.221
State: 3/4

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, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:122 x 83 mm  
Plate mark size:121 x 82 mm  
Note on size:Trimmed significantly within platemark but not enough to remove printer's address that appears in the fourth state.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:MS suggests that print is on thin wove paper laid on thin card; little debris - even distribution  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:few scattered flecks; before series of almost diagonal spots of foul biting to right of shadow below prominent horizontal lines at right (those deeper spots visible in other Freer impressions of K's third state)  
Print note:Good clear impression; distinct vertical scraping/burnishing marks visible behind horizontal shading to left of figure's skirt; similar, fainter marks to right of figure's shadow.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler -'  
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 previous existence of the inscription "S.H." in graphite on the etching. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W9' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.