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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.23
State: 6/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., New York (receipt 21 August 1894), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, September 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:216 x 325 mm  
Plate mark size:193 x 316 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):japan laid  
Note on the paper:Eastern laid: ganpi; little debris - even distribution; 36 mm between chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone, wiped clean for the light of the furnace; slight flecking, texture overall mfm; printed with plate tone, wiped clean on forge and selectively on fronts of figures in front of it mh  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:A good straight forward impression, with burr.  


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:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W63' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'wx.' on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.