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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.161
State: 4/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:© Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London. Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:215 x 337 mm  
Plate mark size:194 x 316 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:cream discoloured to buff; much debris - even distribution  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:the white spot behind the blacksmith's head remains, but it is filled in with graphite.  
Print tone:traces of plate tone on shadows of foreground  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:While a dry impression compared to 1894.23, it appears to be a result of less manipulation of ink and is also before the white spot behind blacksmith's head was covered with lines (see state description)  


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:Hutchinson seal without colour, recto: AH [in a circle]. Unidentified writing in pencil, verso: 9335. M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: 05.161 K.68.  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blindstamp (J. H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921)  
Dealers' stock nos:'9335' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.