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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.267
State: 2/6

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:162 x 230 mm  
Plate mark size:127 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:light grey  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):China laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: gasenshi; much debris - uneven distribution, vertical chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:carefully wiped to leave dark plate tone on the shaded areas and shadows on buildings at right; medium tone on the foreground and middle ground; light tone on the sky; with the boards of the stern of barge at lower center clean-wiped.  
Note on foul biting:Considerable throughout; particularly heavy at lower right and on prow of boat with signature and date.  
Print note:The 'foul biting' on the prow is similar to the splatter on Old Battersea Bridge (HAG46793) but seems less deliberate and even/measured.A good impression with a slightly grainy effect overall.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler 1859'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1859' and '...UR MAC (?)' above bow window at top right; 'CURTIS GIN' ('N' reversed) on signboard in background.  
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:no  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records previously existing inscription "S.H. trial proof - trial proof - probably unique - with work on sky and on large barge which was afterwards removed" in graphite on etching's margin. It was erased 1924.3.29.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W37' on verso by C. L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.