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The Pool

British Museum
Accession no: 1973-09-15-16
State: 4/6

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired from Whistler by W. C. Alexander; passed by family descent to his daughter, Rachel Alexander; sold by her executors with 19 other etchings for a total of £3165.0.0 to the British Museum, London, 1973 (Report of Gere, Keeper of the Print Room, 17 17 August 1973, Trustees Reports).  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49971  


Paper size:268 x 262 + 95 mm  
Plate mark size:138 x 212 mm  
Other size:136 x 211 mm  
Note on size:a rough edge at right with a section cut out.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:Ivory on off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine collé on wove  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light residual tone.  
Note on foul biting:Only a trace at the bottom edge.  
Print note:A clear impression, with signs of vertical burnishing; it looks gold on that paper; the print goes well outside the chine at the bottom.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. / 1859.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:on signboards, 'COOPER', 'Gr GEORGE'S Wf', 'NEW CRANE / TO LET'; on boat, 'JANE No. 6'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler - ' in pen (see below)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st state' in pen  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:n/a  
Dealers' stock nos:n/a  
Misc inscriptions by others:n/a  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.