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The Unsafe Tenement

British Museum
Accession no: 1885-05-09-19
State: 2/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo ¬© Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired by the British Museum, London, 1885.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49306  

 

Paper size:219 x 280 mm  
Plate mark size:159 x 228 mm  
Other size:158 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine coll√© (possibly on wove - laid lines not visible from recto)  
Note on the paper:Examination prevented as the etching is attached to the mount.  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:no  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Print tone is used selectively in the sky and foreground.  
Note on foul biting:There is foul biting towards the edges, particularly at the left hand side. There are areas of dense pitting in the foreground and finer areas of pitting at the upper right corner.  
Print note:There is a fluid boundary line at the lower edge suggesting the use of stopping out varnish.  

 

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:none on recto  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:none on recto  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  

 

Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:none on recto  
Dealers' stock nos:none on recto  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W.7.' on recto, at lower left; at lower right: 'Early proof with sky'  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  
ID:K0170206  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.