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Bibi Lalouette

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.254
State: 1/2

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:231 x 158 mm  
Plate mark size:226 x 153 mm  
Note on size:.with very narrow margins  
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 - uneven distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone on lower fifth of plate  
Note on foul biting:traces of two patches of foul biting in blank area to left of figure and an area near lower edge of plate to left of centre  
Print note:The face upside down at the bottom of the sheet is clearly visible, and rather pretty. The impression is very fine, though not of course complete; only drypoint in vertical and slight diagonal lines at left and right plate edges?  


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:Impressions of two frontal face views appear upside-down in lower portion of plate. M. Smith wrote, verso: 98.254 K.51  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
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.