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Thames Police

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1896.23

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

 

Paper size:160 x 234 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 226 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:little debris - even distribution  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:none  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:  
Note on foul biting:most in lower left corner; scattered flecks in sky  
Print note:  

 

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: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:'W42 K44 Gr44 M40' and 'Thames Police' and 'Etching' on verso (in hand of Freer staff member as writing matches accession number inscription); 'F1896.23 K44' written by M. Smith on verso.  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  
ID:K0440401  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.