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The Unsafe Tenement

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46698
State: 3/4

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Possibly passed by family descent to Whistler's great-nephew, Joseph Whistler Revillon (1886-1955); bequeathed to the University of Glasgow, 1955.  


Paper size:301 x 414 mm  
Plate mark size:158 x 226 mm  
Other size:157 x 226 (chine collé) mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine collé on heavy weight plate paper  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light and even  
Note on foul biting:Distinct wavy line along the bottom edge where the stopping out varnish stopped, and dark area above that. Circular mark at lower right corner from grip of tool. Pitting throughout, particularly towards edges and lower left corner.  
Print note:Evidence of much scraping and burnishing out in sky to left and right of house; figure burnished out where pitchfork now is, faint outlines still evident; area where stopping out varnish applied at right side, gable end of building.  


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:no  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'2', 'K17, iii' on recto, at lower left, outside platemark  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.