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Reading by Lamplight

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.114
State: 1/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:C.W Dowdeswell (1832- 1915), London. Bought from Obach and Co. (receipt, 28 October 1905), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:321 x 213 mm  
Plate mark size:159 x 119 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); little debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines.  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:Minor, along or near plate edges  
Print note:A fine, clear impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'J. Whistler' ('l' crossed as well as 't')  
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:  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records previously existing inscription "ist state" in graphite on etching's margin by C.L. Freer. It was erased 1924.03.29.  
Collector's mark:'FROM / C.W. DOWDESWELL / 36 CHANCERY LANE' stamp (C.W. Dowdeswell, Lugt 690)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W25 Obach + Co. June, 1905.' and '1s [underscored] state very rare. Fine proof.' on recto by C. L. Freer; 'L.L.0/8.8.0' on verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.