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The Unsafe Tenement

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Accession no: 1954/1.324
State: 2/4

Collection credit:Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker  
Image credit:Photo ¬© The University of Michigan Museum of Art  
Provenance:Charles Sydenham Haden (1822-1898); sold at auction, Sotheby, London, 18 November 1931 (lot 103); P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1932; bought by Margaret Selkirk Watson Parker (1867-1936), Detroit, MI; bequeathed to the University of Michigan Art Museum, MI, 1954.  


Paper size:247 x 325 mm  
Plate mark size:159 x 225 mm  
Note on size:All French Set impressions from the collection of C.S. Haden appear to have reduced margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream on off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine laid on wove plate paper  
Note on the paper:chine coll√©  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with tone over the sky and ground in foreground  
Note on foul biting:Distinct wavy line along the bottom edge where the stopping out varnish stopped [mh--more likely where etching ground failed?], and dark area above that.  
Print note:  


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: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:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'C.20948'  
Misc inscriptions by others:'from the collection of the late Sir F. Seymour Haden's brother.' Inscribed on cover sheet in Harold Wright's hand, re. the French Set etchings; Wright also notes that the group from the C.S. Haden collection comprises 13 etchings, including the cover plate both in the set and on the set wrapper; Kennedy number, state and title at lower centre on the recto.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.