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The Music Room

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.249
State: 2/4

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:205 x 269 mm  
Plate mark size:145 x 217 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: kozo; little debris - even distribution.  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Printed with fairly heavy plate tone at near upper and lower right and lower left corner of plate and lighter tone ar upper left; the figures' torsos, lamp and table top clean-wiped.  
Note on foul biting:Small flecks scattered throughout and dark, prominent foul biting at plate corners and along plate edge, particularly noticeable at right, left and bottom.  
Print note:Some drypoint shading on Deborah Haden's skirt and floor below it; fingerprints etched into plate at upper left corner now partly coverd with etched lines.  


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:M. Smith records previously existing inscriptions: "S.Haden" underthe left-hand figure, "Frear" corrected to "Traer" under central figure, "Mrs. Haden" underthe right-hand figure and "S.H." at right corner in graphite in Seymour Haden's hand. All were erased 1924.01.24.  
Collector's mark:NO  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W26. The Music Room. 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.