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Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1901.167
State: 4/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York, (receipt, 10 December 1901), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, December 1901; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:322 x 212 mm  
Plate mark size:153 x 89 mm  
Note on size:wide margin  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid; little debris - even distribution  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:minor including vise marks, mostly near bottom plate edge, at upper right corner and very faint around plate signature.  
Print note:drypoint lines less burry than in Freer's impression of third state (1898.234); new, faint drypoint shading added to left doorframe and rags hanging there and in foreground in front of step; possible scraping/burnishing to strenghten effect of two vertical lines indicating paving stone running from edge of step to center of interior.  


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 existencence of inscription "C.L. Freer" in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.03.29. Remnant of another erased inscription "31 Rag Shop / 1st state" in graphite on recto.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'A 37354'  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W17 The Rag Gatherers, 1st [underscored] State' on recto by C. L. Freer; 'Lot 164' on recto; 'FNO [script capitals] xv [script lower case, underscored]' on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.