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British Museum
Accession no: 1973-09-15-19
State: 4/5

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired from Whistler by W. C. Alexander; passed by family descent to his daughter, Rachel Alexander; sold by her executors with 19 other etchings for a total of £3165.0.0 to the British Museum, London, 1973 (Report of Gere, Keeper of the Print Room, 17 17 August 1973, Trustees Reports).  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA50226  


Paper size:259-265 x 327-331 mm  
Plate mark size:101 x 125 mm  
Other size:square 87 x 87 inlaid brc mm  
Note on size:right edge slightly rough, bottom very rough and torn  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:buff tone overall effect of chine  
Note on foul biting:round the edge, particularly right and bottom right corner, tiny dots  
Print note:good clear impression with darkening clouds behind distant chimneys  


Whistler's sign on plate:see Inscription  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'[D]ELIGHT 1861' on barge; 'The Works of James Whistler - Etchings and Dry Points, are / on View at E. Thomas' Publisher / 39. Old Bond Street / London.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler - Early proof' on inset in pen  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Whistler - / Early Proof -' in pen on inset  
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:'7' on verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.