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The Unsafe Tenement

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.20
State: 2/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York (receipt, 25 January 1890), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1889; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:180 x 237 mm  
Plate mark size:157 x 224 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1880); little debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines  
Watermarks:RIVES with upside-down tulip shape and circle above, partial  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light plate tone in sky and foreground; central image area clean-wiped  
Note on foul biting:In areas to left and right of house and very heavy in shaded area of foreground--less pronounced than in Freer 1898.217, another impression of the 2nd state.  
Print note:A sharp, clear impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.' ('s' reversed)  
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:  
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:FGA folder sheet: (In pencil on the back in Mr. Freer's writing) From the Giacomelli Collection. 2nd state. (Note on the original mount) From the Giacomelli Collection -- very fine.) Freer wrote in pencil, verso: From the Giacomelle Collection W7 2nd State Mount. Freer's seal in red ink, verso. Unidentified writing in pencil, verso: 87893 Exvc Unidentified pencil stroke, mid proper right, verso. Veritype inscription in pencil, verso: 89.20 M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: K. 17  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'87893' on verso, lower left  
Misc inscriptions by others:'From the Giacomelle Collection', 'W7 2nd [underscored] State' and 'mount' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'Exvx' (?) on verso, lower right.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.