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The Unsafe Tenement

British Museum
Accession no: 1866-10-13-609
State: 3/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Philippe Burty (1830-1890), Paris; sold to the British Museum, London, 1866.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49307  


Paper size:204 x 249 mm  
Plate mark size:157 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:dark cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove, thin oriental  
Note on the paper:paper stuck down on mount so unable to examine for watermarks  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:uneven, used selectively to bring out shadows and highlights  
Note on foul biting:Circular mark at the lower right corner where the plate appears to have been gripped by an instrument or tool; effective use of granular etched tone in the foreground, roof and elsewhere - very complex; series of horizontal regular marks to right of house where joins with building next to it - remains of burnished out lines from earlier state - similar lines on left of house.  
Print note:polish marks in the sky have caught the ink and created tone; a slight mottled effect from wiping (see upper left).  


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: 'BRITISH / MUSEUM / 1866 / 10 13 / 609' verso, oval ink stam  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others: 'x' , '8' verso; recto, illegible, possibly '[…]526' (Although the paper is stuck down on the mount some marks are visible through the paper).  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.