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The Pool

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1896.22

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, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, January 1896; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:147 x 223 mm  
Plate mark size:134 x 214 mm  
Note on size:with narrow margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:Even distribution, little debris.  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Very faint tone near plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:Mostly around figure in boat but scattered flecks in water to his right and in middleground.  
Print note:Drypoint in sky is very faint except for stronger, wavy slightly l - r diagonal lines at centre.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1859.' and, on signboards, 'COOPER.', 'St (the 'S' reversed) GEORGE'S WF (the 'F' underscored)', 'NEW CRANE. / TO LET'; on boat at lower right, 'JANE No 6'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: F1896.22 K43 (ms)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W41 K43 Gr43 M42' and 'The Pool' and 'Etching' 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.