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Rag Pickers, Quartier Mouffetard, Paris

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.35
State: 5/5

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 31 May 1894), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919, Freer receipt dated 7 June 1894.  


Paper size:227 x 182 mm  
Plate mark size:154 x 90 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan wove  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: torinoko; 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: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:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 16949 / c 8630' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Whistler' written on recto by F.S. Haden; backwards 'c' surmounted by 's' and 'FH.' in script on verso; 'The Rag Shop [Shop crossed out with two horizontal lines] Gatherers W17 2nd State' and 'fine' [underscored] written on recto by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.