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Thames Warehouses

Detroit Institute of Arts
Accession no: 45.405

Collection credit:Bequest of Hal H. Smith.  
Image credit:  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Hal G. Smith to the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, 1945.  


Paper size:112 x 247 mm  
Plate mark size:76 x 203 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):japanese laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very little, even  
Note on foul biting:very interesting foul biting, regular speckling of pits around boats that seems intentional, conforms to shape of bow and stern [use of mottled tint? - check - more research needed on salt ground and mottled tint]; further pitting on buildings sky and water.  
Print note:why did JW not burnish out entirely figure in foreground?  


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:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'4668' on recto, centre left edge  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.