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La Rétameuse

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.37
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo ¬© Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:F. Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London. Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., (receipt, 30 July 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  

 

Paper size:328 x 257 mm  
Plate mark size:109 x 89 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:much debris - even distribution  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:none  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light, overall plate tone with inky plate edges  
Note on foul biting:minor, scattered but more pronounced near plate corners  
Print note:Slightly dirty effect of light overall plate tone, including in the top right corner. Without the burnishing marks above the wavy horizontals to left of figure visible in Freer 1898.  

 

Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. [superscript 't'] Jacques. 171.'  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'No 5' on verso  
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 three inscriptions in graphite on recto: "1932" (circled); "a14239" and "RP"?  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 14239' recorded as originally on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W5.' and 'La Retameuse' on recto; 'No 5' and 'Old Woman Whistler' on verso; 'f/' (underscored) barely visible on verso; 'W5' on verso by C.L. Freer.  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  
ID:K0140204  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.