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The Music Room

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Accession no: 58.1072
State: 1/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:  
Provenance:Given by the artist to Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; given by him to Phillipe Burty, Paris (1830-1890); probably sold at auction, Sotheby, London, 30 April 1876 (lot 748), bought by Hogarth, £3.12.0. Lee M. Friedman, Boston; given to Boston Museum of Fine Arts by his estate, November 1958.  


Paper size:278 x 410 mm  
Plate mark size:143 x 214 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc): laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid, medium weight, possibly laid down or remargined.  
Watermarks:cursive manufacturer's name [ending in -ste?]  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:There is extensive uneven tone. It is wiped clean in the central area, particularly on the light and table top, and on the front of Deborah, and on Haden's paper and shirt; considerable plate tone, but not especially artfully applied, except for highlights in lamp, tabletop, D's hands and collar.  
Note on foul biting:Along the bottom of the plate.  
Print note:A fine bold, and very interesting impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
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:  
Collector's mark:'PB' red oval stamp (P. Burty, Lugt 413), on recto; M.F.A. (Lugt 282)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'This is the first rude impression pulled from the plate, from which, as will be seen, the ink is scarcely wiped / SH'; 'W. gave it to me & I gave it to Burty / F. S. H.'; '1st state, before the fingers' ; '1-état' on recto; '1 R.T. xxii', 'The Music Room'; '465' encircled, 'co l/-/-'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.