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89

The Open Book

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1893.90

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Published in a cancelled set of etchings by the Fine Art Society, London, 1879. Purchased from Knoedler & Co. Bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1893; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  

 

Paper size:327 x 243 mm  
Plate mark size:150 x 113 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800), even distribution, little debris, horizontal chain lines  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:partial: Crown with horns  
Medium:drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:  

 

Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler / 1861.' ('l' crossed, 't' uncrossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:see signature  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:  
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:'93.90 K84 M79 The Open Book Dry-point 21 131' erased, in unidentified writing on recto.  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  
ID:K0840201  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.