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Black Lion Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.271
State: 2/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; purchased from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., (receipt, 9 November 1898), bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:181 x 257 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 226 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: kozo; much debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:Most near plate corners (including black patch at lower left plate edge) with scattered flecks throughout.  
Print note:very good impression  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:1859.' and, on signboards : 'HORES WHARF', 'HOARES WHARF.', 'DOWNES', 'OLD SHIPPING CLIPPERS / TO LET EVERY DAY. / GLASCOW INVERNES (the first 'N' reversed) / GRANGEMOUTH PETERHA[ ]', 'ST. ANDREWS.', 'BLAC LION W RF'  
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:'S.H.' in graphite pencil (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W40' on verso by C.L.Freer; M. Smith records previously existing inscription 'S.H.' on etching's margin, erased 29 March 1924.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.