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Bibi Valentin

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1892.8
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891); probably sold at auction Sotheby's, 3 March 1892; bought from H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, (receipt dated May 1892), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, May 1892; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:208 x 297 mm  
Plate mark size:151 x 228 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:ivory discoloured to cream; 'antique' laid (pre 1800); much debris - uneven distribution, vertical chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:faint traces near plate edges  
Note on foul biting:Small patch to right of centre near bottom plate edge; irregular scuffs, scratches or acid marks at centre left print clearly.  
Print note: The drypoint on the hand has quite soft burr; the ink warm black, almost brown  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
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:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:M. Smith records previously existing inscription 'W28' in graphite by Freer on recto  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blindstamp (J. H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921) and 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 20588' on recto (mostly erased)  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W28' on verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.