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J. Becquet, Sculptor

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.283
State: 1/6

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, through T. W. Dewing, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:183 x 149 mm  
Plate mark size:167 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:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); much debris - even distribution, horizontal chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with heavy plate tone over entire plate except for sitters' face and collar which have light, graduated tone  
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:This is the masked version of the plate; note that this is Kennedy's first state, was in the collection of Seymour Haden, is a subject from the Thames Set--and yet is printed with heavy plate tone in the manner of the 1880s. What does this say about date of plate and/or its states? Timing of JMW's development and use of significant plate tone?  


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 inscription 'S.H.' in graphite on print's margin. It was erased 1924.3.31.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W48 Fragment, early proof' on verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.