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The Unsafe Tenement

Victoria and Albert Museum
Accession no: 19807
State: 3/4

Collection credit:Gift of Francis Seymour Haden.  
Image credit:Photo ¬©Victoria and Albert Museum, London  
Provenance:Presented with the 12 etchings of the 'French Set' (14 including the two title pages) by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London, to South Kensington Museum, 1 January 1861.  
Additional acq. no:EE.1A  


Paper size:n/a mm  
Plate mark size:158 x 227 mm  
Other size:chine coll√© 157 x 226 mm  
Note on size:mount stuck down so unable to determine paper size  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:mount stuck down so unable to examine paper properly  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:fairly even, very light tone, slightly more pronounced in sky (left) and foreground  
Note on foul biting:Circular mark in lower right corner where a tool gripped the plate; foul biting particularly at the edges and corners; pitting throughout; granular etched tone on the right side, foreground, around the feet of the child etc.  
Print note:large areas of burnishing out in the sky; remains of a figure burnished out, to right of the dog; the shadows appearing a little worn.  


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:crowned 'NAL' stamp in black ink in bottom right corner within platemark on recto (V&A, Lugt 1957)  
Dealers' stock nos:n/a  
Misc inscriptions by others:'19807'in brown ink within platemark, lower right corner, recto.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.