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The Miser

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1892.6
State: 1/7

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Philippe Burty (1830-1890), Paris; probably sold at auction, Sotheby, London, 1 May 1876 (lot 928), bought by Heywood, £1.1.0. Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891); sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lot 116/117), bought by Deprez. Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (Wunderlich receipt May 1892), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, May 1892; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:157 x 205 mm  
Plate mark size:118 x 159 mm  
Note on size:broad margin  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:tan  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan laid  
Note on the paper:tan discoloured to deep yellowish-tan; Eastern laid: kozo; much debris - even distribution; 16-18 mm betwn chain lines; M. Smith notes "wrapping paper, not art paper … contains a lot of rice staw."  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with very light plate tone at upper left, in foreground and at right  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:Strong drypoint lines with burr; flecks and spots of 'foul biting' apparent on 1898.309 are not visible on this impression; partly the result of fibrous paper? It is most likely an earlier impression than 1898.309, because the acid/corrosion spots do print clearly in the impression of state II--1898.310  


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:  
Collector's mark:'BURTY' stamp on recto in red (Philippe Burty, Lugt 413); 'JHH' blindstamp (J. H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921); and 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 20904' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W 65 Early proof- Before the signature' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'mount' on verso; 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.