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Amsterdam, from the Tolhuis

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.235
State: 6/8

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co.(receipt, 22 September 1906), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, October 1906; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:136 x 211 mm  
Plate mark size:133 x 209 mm  
Note on size:trimmed just outside plate mark  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' (pre 1800) laid , even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:possible small watermark or countermark [illeg]  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:brown black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very faint overall plate tone, slightly darker along plate edges  
Note on foul biting:large patch at lower left corner and scattered smaller flecks thoughout sky (in addition to remnants of removed etched shading) and on water  
Print note:only drypoint now among short, curved lines of shading in sky, along with faint remnant of curved rope at center from state I  


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:see tab  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:see tab  
Tab signed/inscribed: butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 40-60 mm from left ; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Freer wrote in pencil, verso: W 82 Trial - before clouds. Obach & Co. Oct/06. M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso: 06.235 K.91  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Obach & Co. Oct/06' and 'W82 Trial - before clouds' 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.