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Black Lion Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1896.21

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:158 x 236 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:little debris - even distribution  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:Most near plate corners ( black patch at lower left plate edge removed) with scattered flecks throughout.  
Print note:Drypoint cancellation lines  


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:Unidentified writing in pencil, verso: 96.21 W40 K42 Gr42 M41 Black Lion Wharf E. M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: F1896.21 K42 (ms)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W40 K42 Gr42 M41' and 'Black Lion Wharf' 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.