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Amsterdam, from the Tolhuis

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.327
State: 1/8

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, (Wunderlich 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:205 x 320 mm  
Plate mark size:132 x 210 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:removed from a book (left, right and bottom sheet edges are red), 'antique' laid (pre 1800), even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:patches of tone at lower plate corners and at lower left  
Note on foul biting:a few scattered flecks  
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 horizontal above it at lower left print are probably scratches in plate but may be drypoint; those lines print strongly in this impression compared to 1898.328 and 1888.31 (both state I), where the lines are weaker; in addition, faint marks from acid droplets that are visible at lower left in 1898.328 and 1888.31 are not present in this impression; other accidental scratches are present in this impression but do not appear in the others: thus this is earliest proof of the three  


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: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 'F.S.H.; in graphite on print's margin. They were erased 1924.02.12.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W82 - First state before the monogram' on verso by C.L. Freer; two tiny blue dots near lower left corner on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.