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Chelsea Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.326
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably acquired from Whistler by Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, November 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:137 x 232 mm  
Plate mark size:91 x 191 mm  
Note on size:.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre-1800), even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:possible countermark? [illeg]  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of light plate tone near plate edges  
Note on foul biting:small dark patch at upper left corner and light foul biting at lower left; a number of small corrosion marks, mostly at left but one also near right plate mark at centre  
Print note:lightly etched and rather greyish; only drypoint on figure with cart (?) ar left and, possibly, in sky.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1863--'  
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 previously existing inscriptions 'S.H.' and 'Chelsea Wharf, before the butterfly margin, the latter by C.L. Freer, in graphite on print's margin. They were erased 1924.02.12.  
Collector's mark:no 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W81 Chelsea Wharf 1st state' on verso by C.L. Freer; 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.