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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.236
State: 4/5

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:232 x 172 mm  
Plate mark size:162 x 110 mm  
Note on size:wide margin  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall plate tone with face and arms wiped clean  
Note on foul biting:considerable foul biting to left and right of figure as well as on her skirt; acid drops at upper right near plate edge  
Print note:Remnant of earlier etched image below figure's feet and in lower portion of skirt: two shaded rectangular frames and small round vessel (?). The new shadow at left and series of horizontal lines at left that denote the step or ledge are executed in drypoint. There are patches of tone where the plate was not cleanly wiped, which have a dirty appearance; however this might be the effect of re-biting the plate, before it was burnished or polished smooth, so that the slightly bitten surface holds the ink.  


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 inscription "S.H." in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:'S.H. Pari[s]' in graphite pencil at lower right on verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227).  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W18 Fumette 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.