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Old Westminster Bridge

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1896.18
State: C/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York, (receipt, 9 January 1896), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, January 1896; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:83 x 210 mm  
Plate mark size:75 x 201 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800), even distribution, little debris, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:some faint, scattered flecks in sky and water with a small heavier patch on prow (?) at lower left  
Print note:A very thin, lightly printed impression.Drypoint cancellation lines; drypoint in sky and water has almost disappeared; traces of two small rust/corrosion marks near plate edge at lower right  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler 1859' ('t' not crossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:see signature  
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:0  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W36 K39 M38' and 'Westminster Bridge' and 'E' on verso (in hand of Freer staff member as writing matches accession number inscription).  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.