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Bibi Lalouette

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1890.2
State: 2/2

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


Paper size:250 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:226 x 153 mm  
Note on size:with small 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, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Clean-wiped  
Note on foul biting:Larger patch of foul biting in blank area to left of figure still prints faintly and patch at lower is present (both visible in state 1); new dots (acid spatters?), present on lower 2/3 of 1898.255 have been almost completely removed.  
Print note:A beautiful impression ; facial features of heads sketched below figure are mostly burnished out but general shapes and some hair remain visible; new drypoint work has fair amount of burr; dark spots of foul biting have been removed so impression is similar to Kennedy's illustration of state 2  


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 'S.H.' in graphite (erased 1924.3.31) as well as an inscription by Haden on mount, 'Bibi Valentin. Valentin pere is an engraver in whose house Whistler did his first etching.' She also records another inscription, G.D.G., 1921: This note has not reference to the etching, which had evidently been mounted on an old Bibi Valentin mount when it came from the dealer's.'  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W30' on verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.