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The Kitchen

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.239
State: 3/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably acquired from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:228 x 158 mm  
Plate mark size:227 x 156 mm  
Other size:.14 thickness mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1880); 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.  
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:Pencil butterfly 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)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 15443' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W19- 2nd [underscored] State' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.