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J. Becquet, Sculptor

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1892.13
State: 1/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Sir William Drake. Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London. Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, April 1892; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:183 x 149 mm  
Plate mark size:167 x 136 mm  
Other size:170 x 137 mm  
Note on size:as noted by Kennedy 'printed with a frisket,' thus showing only part of the image and no evidence of platemark of 255 x 193 plate  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:pale green  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:partial, a rectangle 5.7cm long and 1cm wide. Inside the rectangle are three parallel lines, the centre one is heavier than the flanking ones  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with plate tone on backgground and along lower edge of plate  
Note on foul biting:While there is no visible foul biting, there are numerous remnants of lines from earlier design--along right edge of printed subject, across right arm and cello and at lower left plate edge  
Print note:A good, bright impression  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
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 'Trial impression of head only: fine and very early' in graphite on recto and and 'S.H.' in graphite on verso in Haden's hand. They were erased 1924.3.31 but the former is still mostly legible.  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W48' and 'W48 / The writing above is Seymour Haden's. From the Haden and Sir William Drake collections' on recto by C.L. Freer; 'Becquet' and [illegible] on recto; 'Eoxv' (the 'xv' underscored) on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.