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Penny Passengers, Limehouse

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.299
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:103 x 231 mm  
Plate mark size:81 x 209 mm  
Note on size: margin  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800); much debris - even distribution; 26 mm between chain lines  
Watermarks:partial: [De Erven] De. Blauw  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with very light plate tone, with a somewhat inky plate mark  
Note on foul biting:distributed across unetched areas of the plate  
Print note:a lightly inked 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 notes previously existing inscription 'S.H. 1st' in graphite on print's margin (erased 1924.1.2) and 'Sketch at Limehouse of The Penny Boat. The Little Hat plate' in graphite on old mount (now lost).  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W59' by C. L. Freer; tiny blue dot near lower left corner on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.