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Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.159
State: 5/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:246 x 197 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 90 mm  
Note on size:sheet taken from a book with binding marks at left, dirty edge right  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid; much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines.  
Watermarks:partial: IV  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:faint traces of plate tone near edges.  
Note on foul biting:Small dots near left corner and to right of center below step in foreground in addition to the vise marks and other minor patches present in Freer's impressions of the third and fourth states (1898.234 and 1901.167)  
Print note:date "1858" added in drypoint? (Kennedy misread the date inscription as '1851')  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler' ('s' reversed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1858'  
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 inscriptions "C.L. Freer" 2nd State from T.R.W." in graphite on etching's margin. They were erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'2', on recto, at bottom right.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.