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La Vieille aux Loques

British Museum
Accession no: 1872-07-13-430
State: 3/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo ¬© Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Bought from 'Mr Thomas' - probably Edmund Thomas (1842-1883) - by the British Museum, London, 13 July 1872.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49316  

 

Paper size:276 x 204 mm  
Plate mark size:209 x 147 mm  
Other size:208 x 146 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine coll√©  
Note on the paper:Examination prevented as the etching is attached to the mount.  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:not visible from recto  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:The print tone is dark and notably patchy on the right and left edges, where the ink has not been taken up evenly by the paper. Highlights such as the woman's cap and rags on her lap have been wiped clean.  
Note on foul biting:There are fingerprints along the edges and possibly the grip from a tool at the upper left corner. There are fabric marks on the sack in the foreground, also on the right side. There is foul biting, particularly at the lower corners.  
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  
ID:K0210225  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.