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The Lime-Burner

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1890.3
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London. Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (receipt, 18 January 1890), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, January 1890; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:292 x 209 mm  
Plate mark size:253 x 179 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern paper: kozo; much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Printed with plate tone throughout most of image except for the water and sky through doorway in middle ground, wall behind figure and figure's upper body, which are clean-wiped.  
Note on foul biting:Considerable throughout including granular effect (heavy in places) on walls of doorway.  
Print note:Presence of drypoint signature as well as etched signature and date implies an earlier state than Kennedy's I/II  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler' in drypoint lower left; 'Whistler.' in etching lower right  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1859.'  
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:0  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records previously existing inscription 'S.H.' in graphite on print's margin. It was erased 1924.3.31.  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W44' on recto and verso by C.L. Freer; according to FGA folder sheet this bore the notation 'Duplicate from the Haden Collection'.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.