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Gretchen at Heidelberg

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.226
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably acquired from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:212 x 163 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 159 mm  
Note on size:very small margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' (post 1800) laid; little debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Light even tone, more at the bottom of the sheet mfm;  
Note on foul biting:Foul biting at the edges, looking dirty, and particularly at the bottom; texture on the table at right, and in the bottom left corner mfm; scattered, most noticeable near top, bottom and right plate edges--including acid drops at lower left and center mh  
Print note:A very good impression. Whistler used very regular shading and cross-hatching- a variety of shading to differentiate the different areas.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler' ('s' reversed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
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:M. Smith records previous existence of inscription "S.H." in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:n/a  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W12' on verso by C. L. Freer; 'W12 Probably Whistlers rd[(underscored] etching.' on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.