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Thames Warehouses

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.36
State: 4b/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from The Max Williams Company (Williams receipt, 1 May 1894), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, August 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:243 x 376 mm  
Plate mark size:76 x 203 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:Two griffins in a crowned circle, unclear letters below  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:faint tone at uppr left corner and on water at lower left and lower right  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and patches of foul biting thoughout image; work over boat in foreground and docked barge behind it appears to go beyond foul bite and to be some sort of intentional tonal work; new scratches and defects and associated burnishing.  
Print note:Apparently a later impression of Kennedys state 2 than 1898.264 and 1905.104 as illustrated by new plate defects and patches of burnishing; trace of rustmark in sky 36 mm from left plate edge with curved scratches around it; patch of short horizontal scratches and one longer r-l diagonal scratch to left of tall mast near left plate edge; series of small scratches at lower right corner in earlier state 2 impressions are burnished out, as is most of patch of short slightly diagonal scratches to upper right of boat with shadow standing figure.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1859.' and, on buildings, 'FREDK [superscript 'K'] VINK & Co [superscript 'o'] / ROPE & SAIL MAKERS', 'SMITH & SON. / HERMITAGE COAL WHARF', 'HO[A]RES WHARF'  
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 unidentitied erased inscription "4913" on recto  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'4913' and 'vz' (in script) on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Early state' on recto by C.L. Freer..  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.