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The Forge

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1896.27

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 9 January 1896), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, January 1896; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  

 

Paper size:205 x 325 mm  
Plate mark size:192 x 313 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid; little debris - even distribution; 27 mm between chain lines  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:partial: fleur-de-lys on the bottom of a shield with WK below  
Medium:drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:  

 

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:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W63 K63 Gr64 M68' and 'The Forge' and 'Dry-point' on verso (in hand of Freer staff member as writing matches accession number inscription).  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  
ID:K0680501  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.