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The Little Pool

British Museum
Accession no: 1885-05-09-22
State: 2/9

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired by the British Museum, London, 1885.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA50279  


Paper size:198 x 183 mm  
Plate mark size:103 x 125 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight. The edges have been cut.  
Watermarks:difficult to make out, lettering cut off by the edge of the page, possibly 'LIST'  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:Foreground masts added in crayon or charcoal  
Print tone:The print tone is light; it is more pronounced towards the edges.  
Note on foul biting:There is a grip mark from a tool at the lower left corner. There is tightly regulated pitting around the figures, pier, barge and lettering to give shading and emphasis, possibly using imprint from scrim.  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler. / 1861 -'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'The Works of James Whistler: Etchings and Dry Points, are on View at E. Thomas' Publisher. / 39. Old Bond Street.'  
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:On verso, circular brown ink stamp, within platemark: 'BRITISH MUSEUM / 1885 / 5 9 / 22'  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'2A [superscript and underlined 'A'] second state. Whistler sd [superscript 'd'] "there was a barge before a part today (March 1861) I should like to try how it would come" - he then chalked in the barge above but however did not adopt it - but made state 3.' on recto, in black ink, in lower margin (Thomas's hand)  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.