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Thames Police

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8428
State: 2/6

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10490  


Paper size:216 x 302 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 222 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:discoloured to buff  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light plate tone on foreground wharf and land  
Note on foul biting:Mostly at lower left, near the plate corner; scattered flecks in the sky and heavy near the other three corners.  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. 1859 -'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:on signboards: 'THAMES POLICE.' ; 'WAPPING WHARF / YORKSHIRE BOTTLE COMPANY'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:butterfly  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of ca 1888  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b-c)  
Dealers' stock nos:'C. 9497' on recto  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Thames Police' and '(43)' on recto; 'K. 44 II' (by Harold Wright) on recto; '-/-/s?' on verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.