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Nursemaid and Child

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.262
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:110 x 143 mm  
Plate mark size:97 x 132 mm  
Note on size:with narrow 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 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:Post Horn  
Ink colour:black (brown ms)  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:Faint tone at lower right and along plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks with heavier concentration near upper right corner and on lower portion of plate.  
Print note:Heavily inked lines on nursemaid's hair and cape and series of diagonals near lower right plate corner have appearance of drypoint but are probably etched?; is fine diagonal shading on centre of hill in background drypoint?; remnants of scraped-out figure (?) visible at lower left.  


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:M. Smith records previously existing inscription "S.H." in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.3.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W34- 1st 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.