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Battersea Dawn (Cadogan Pier)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.18
State: 2/2

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, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, June 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:207 x 263 mm  
Plate mark size:113 x 152 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:even distribution, much debris  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:greyish black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:clean wiped, but with soft flecks mfm; faint plate tone along right plate edge mh  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks throughout image with more concentrated patch on and around beached boat in foreground  
Print note:rather a bleak impression; greyish tone appears to be ink colour rather than inking or depth of lines  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler ' ['t' not crossed]  
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:M. Smith notes traces of an erased graphite inscription on print's margin 'Cadogan Pier 10950 co' in an unidentified hand.  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 12947' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W79' on verso written by C.L. Freer; 'No (the 'o' underscored) 79 Cadogan Pier' half-erased and '15' on verso in different hands; 'OcV' (the 'V' underscored) or 'OcN' (the 'N' underscored) or similar on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.