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Thames Police

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.35
State: 2/6

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, 10 November 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:267 x 362 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 225 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); little debris - even distribution, vertical chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces along left, right and bottom plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:most in lower left corner; scattered flecks in sky.  
Print note:check fine horizontal shading among masts at lower left: etching or drypoint?  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:1859.' and, on signboards 'W PING WHARF. / YOR OIRI (YORKSHIRE?) BOTTLE COMPAN', 'THAMES POLICE.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp on recto and verso (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'84024' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W42. 1st (underscored) State' on recto and 'W42' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'avant le pointe seche modif.' on recto and 'mount' on verso; 'Hy' on verso; M. Smith notes presence of erased graphite inscription 'DO Hamerton "Thames Police" in Freer's hand.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.