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La Vieille aux Loques

Victoria and Albert Museum
Accession no: Circ.322-1965
State: 4/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:  
Provenance:Possibly F. Keppel & Co. Colnaghi's, London (stock no. C 21630). R.G. Michel, 17 Quai St Michel, Paris; bought by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 17 August 1965.  
Additional acq. no:EE.1A  


Paper size:277 x 205 mm  
Plate mark size:208 x 148 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:uneven, more pronounced in immediate foreground but step highlighted; rich tone in shadows; other areas wiped clean, e.g. cap, bags of rags etc; middle tone to describe exterior walls.  
Note on foul biting:fingerprints and fabric marks on exterior walls add texture; also imprint of fabric on textiles; pronounced granular etched tone and foul biting in foreground; circular mark at upper left corner from where plate gripped by tool; foul biting around edges.  
Print note:warm black ink; mottled effect in printing, particularly noticeable in foreground; pale line across the image above the woman's head (possible paper damage)  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler' ('s' reversed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:'Imp. Delatre. Rue' (partially burnished / scored out)  
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:'VUG' [with line overhead] on verso in pencil; 'SaR' [underlined]  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 71755' on verso; 'c 21630' on recto, below platemark, erased  
Misc inscriptions by others:'K.21 III' recto, below platemark.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.