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Bibi Valentin

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.251
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably acquired from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:222 x 294 mm  
Plate mark size:152 x 228 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; little debris - uneven distribution; M. Smith notes that it is "heavy, good quality kozo" and from same sheet as FGA 1898.280 (K36)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Faint tone along left and right 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 faintly compared to 1892.8  
Print note:Accidental marks at centre left do not show in Kennedy illustration of state 2; drypoint of hand is less burry than on impression of 1892.8.  


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 inscriptions 'S.H.' and 'Bibi Valentin, Paris' (the latter in an unknown hand) in graphite on print's margin. They were erased 1924.3.31.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.