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Thames Police

British Museum
Accession no: 1973- 09-15-17
State: 2/6

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: PPA49989  


Paper size:268 x 280 + 90 mm  
Plate mark size:153 x 227 mm  
Other size:152 x 227 fragment insert mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:buff on off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine collé on laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:residual tone  
Note on foul biting:a few flecks at the left edge and at the bottom left corner  
Print note:a clean print with a slight warm effect  


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:'Whistler -' in pen on inserted fragment  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Early proof - 1st. State -' in pen as above  
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:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.