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Thames Police

British Museum
Accession no: 1863-10-17-168
State: 5/6

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo ¬© Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Purchased from Whistler by the British Museum, London, 1863.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA49975  

 

Paper size:235 x 316 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 226 mm  
Other size:243 x 318 second pmk mm  
Note on size:The second platemark may have been caused by the chine being attached  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory on off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):chine coll√© on laid  
Note on the paper:some fibres in the paper  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone, slightly more in the sky  
Note on foul biting:some texturing and marks around the edge particularly at bottom left  
Print note:extensive sky added, with lots of drypoint behind the shipping; there was perhaps an accident just to left and above the buildings at left, which has been partially concealed but is visible.  

 

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:no  
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  
ID:K0440324  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.