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La Mère Gérard

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1890.10
State: 3/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (receipt, 18 January 1890), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, January 1890; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:167 x 120 mm  
Plate mark size:128 x 90 mm  
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  
Watermarks:BARRY; cross with rounded corners on a pedestal  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:  
Note on foul biting:minor, scattered  
Print note:There are areas of short, soft vertical lines similar to plate tone, possibly as the result of cleaning or polishing the plate, at left and right on the wall. It is a good, interesting impression with 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:  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records previous existence of inscription "S.H." in graphite on margin. It was erased 1925.06.16.  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W9' and 'Before the address' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.