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The Kitchen

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.15
State: 3/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance: Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (receipt, 1 May 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:229 x 158 mm  
Plate mark size:227 x 156 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid; much debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines.  
Watermarks:GR surmounted by crown  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:some plate tone on walls ceiling and floor, except for walls of window area around figure, which are clean-wiped; tone carefully graded on floor at lower right to produce effect of light from window.  
Note on foul biting:Tiny flecks on window wall to right of figure and heavy patches near plate edge at left, bottom and lower right.  
Print note:Distinct signs of wear on nape of figure's neck and vessel at her right.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:'Imp. Delatre. Rue St. Jacques. 171.  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly on tab  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp'  
Note on the tab:butterfly of 1886/1887; tab is 28 mm from l.l. corner  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:'oo' on verso unlikely to be authentic "quality marks" by Whistler (soft pencil, irregular sizes, etc)  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W 19' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.