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Black Lion Wharf

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Accession no: 565'04
State: 4/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:  
Provenance:One of 15 etchings purchased and presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, Birmingham, June 1904.  


Paper size:207 x 280 mm  
Plate mark size:150 x 225 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:light/medium weight, brittle and heavily sized.  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:There is very light print tone at the edges.  
Note on foul biting:There is foul biting at the edges and a mark from the grip of a tool at the left side. There is pitting throughout with particularly dense areas towards the edges.  
Print note:There is retroussage evident and on the left side signs of stopping out varnish or possibly the use of the wax dam method when applying the acid.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. 1859.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:on signboards : 'HORES [sic] WHARF', 'HOARES WHARF', 'DOWNES', 'OLD SHIPPING CLIPPERS / TO LET EVERY DAY / GLASGOW INVERNES[S] / GRANGEMOUTH PETERH[E]A[D]', 'St. ANDREWS', 'BLAC[K] LION W[HA]RF' (the first 'N' in 'INVERNESS' is reversed)  
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:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W40 / K42 III Black Lion Wharf' on recto, at lower left; '3.' on verso, at lower right  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.