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Black Lion Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.105
State: 4/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Purchased from C. P. Colnaghi, bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1906; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:205 x 322 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); little debris - even distribution, page removed from book, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:'GR', crown and wreath in a circle  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone along left and right plate edges  
Note on foul biting:Most near plate corners and along left and right plate edges (black patch at lower left plate edge removed) with scattered flecks throughout.  
Print note:Strong impression, lines enriched slightly, with light tonal effects.  


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:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W40' on recto, erased; ' W40' on verso by C.L. Freer; '06.105', Veritype inscription in pencil, verso; M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: 'F1906.105, K. 42' written on verso by M.Smith, Freer Gallery.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.