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Old Westminster Bridge

British Museum
Accession no: 1973-09-15-12
State: 2/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired from Whistler by W. C. Alexander; passed by family descent to his daughter, Rachel Alexander; sold by her executors with 19 other etchings for a total of £3165.0.0 to the British Museum, London, 1973 (Report of Gere, Keeper of the Print Room, 17 17 August 1973, Trustees Reports).  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49865  


Paper size:370 x 265 mm  
Plate mark size:75 x 201 mm  
Other size:101 x 109 insert l.r. mm  
Note on size:irregularly cut, with insert  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory on off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine appliqué on laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:the laid sheet has a partial watermark, a crown  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:a tiny amount at the bottom edge and on the ships in the left foreground  
Print note:a good impression, giving a warm effect, with burr on the horses, sails, paddle steamer etc; the plate or paper has jumped a little and there are two images of the chimneys and boats.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler 1859' ('t' not crossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler -' in pen on rectangular fragment inserted in margin at bottom right  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Early proof with burr- ' in pen as above  
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:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.