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Amsterdam, from the Tolhuis

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.31
State: 4/8

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., New York, (Wunderlich receipt 25 October 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, October 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:202 x 333 mm  
Plate mark size:132 x 209 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:old ledger paper with ink inscription on verso, 'antique' laid (pre 1800), even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with light plate tone, slightly heavier on water; tone disturbed over much of water, especially just above bottom plate mark, from center to right corner  
Note on foul biting:a few scattered flecks and faint marks from acid droplets at lower left  
Print note:only certain drypoint is series of broken lines that depict leftmost, curving rope (line?) extending from top of mast (stay?) to hull of second barge from front; short l-r diagonal and longer curved  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'1863. / a [accent grave] Amsterdam - Tolhuis.- --'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly and 'imp.' at lower left  
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:Butterfly of 1880 or 1881; FGA folder sheet: In ink on back of sheet, a line of old Dutch writing. Freer wrote in pencil, verso: W 82 1st State. Freer's seal in red ink, verso. Unidentified writing in brown ink, verso: Cibul Theornodon Ord-2 M 299 [?]. M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: F1888.31 K.91  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:two erased inscriptions at lower left on recto  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W82 1st state' on verso by C.L. Freer; two tiny blue dots near lower left corner on verso. Inscription 'Cital Thermodon …m299' illegible inscition  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.