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The Forge

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.307
State: 2/6

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, (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:202 x 320 mm  
Plate mark size:195 x 315 mm  
Note on size:very narrow margins, particularly sides and bottom  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern laid: kozo; little debris - even distribution; 29 mm between chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with selective plate tone, on areas of deepest shading in foreground and background  
Note on foul biting:several specks and dots appear to associated with drypoint burr and a drop of ink  
Print note:Drypoint wearing down, with blotching at the cross-overs of lines. A good impression; there appear to be soft lines beside the lines- maybe the paper was damp or there was an attempt at retroussage.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. / 1861.' ( 't' not crossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:see signature  
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 previous existence of inscription "S.H." in graphite on old mount (now lost). It was erased 1924.01.02.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'The Forge. Early proof' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'W63' and 'H.W.' on verso in different hands; 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.