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The Lime-Burner

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.113
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co., (Obach receipt, 28 October 1905), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, December 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:363 x 265 mm  
Plate mark size:251 x 178 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); little debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:partial: 'HP' in a shield, flower pendant, HALLINES below  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Considerable 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:The ink looks dark brown ; 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:'For Mother- / from J Whistler' on recto; ' "Thames Limeburners.' ' on verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:0  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:note JMW title in inscription: Thames Limeburners  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W44 The Lime-Burner. Obach & Co. June, 1905' on recto by C.L. Freer; 'No mount' and '0134' and 13 1/2 x 10' on verso, the latter two partly erased.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.