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The Slipper

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.253
State: 1/2

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:137 x 88 mm  
Plate mark size:119 x 80 mm  
Note on size:small margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1880); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:new, large area of foul biting near bottom of bedding below figure and scratches above plate signature; remnants of patches at the four corners, light distribution in blank area at left and tiny scattered flecks on bedding below figure and bed-hanging at right are still visible  
Print note:new work on figure's face and hair have some qualities of drypoint but may be etching with retroussage (check under microscope)  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler'  
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:sort out Freer images, which is I and II! M. Smith records previously existing inscriptions 'S.H" in graphite on etching's margin and "Early' in graphite in lower left corner. Both were erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W29' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.