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The Unsafe Tenement

British Museum
Accession no: 1872-07-13-426
State: 3/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo ¬© Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:'The Farm Yard' bought from 'Mr Thomas' - probably Edmund Thomas (1842-1883) - by the British Museum, London, 13 July 1872.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49303  


Paper size:214 x 275 mm  
Plate mark size:157 x 227 mm  
Other size:155 x 226 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.  
Watermarks:not visible from recto  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:The print tone is light and patchy; it is slightly darker in the sky and areas of the foreground.  
Note on foul biting:There is a circular mark from the grip of a tool at the lower right corner and foul biting at the corners. There are particularly notable areas of pitting along the lower edge and right side.  
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: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:none on recto  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.