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La Rétameuse

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.213
State: 1/2

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:181 x 142 mm  
Plate mark size:111 x 89 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:partial: two joined half circles at the edge of the paper  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall plate tone and inky plate edges;  
Note on foul biting:minor, scattered and more prominent the four plate corners  
Print note:Even overall tone, which gives the print a light glow. The ink looks dark brown, the impression has a glowing effect  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
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: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. l'etat avant la signature et avant l'addresse de Delatre" in graphite on the etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:partial 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt); 'S.H' in graphite pencil (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W5' on verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.