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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.28
State: 4/6

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, receipt 7 September 1889, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, September 1889; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:258 x 186 mm  
Plate mark size:198 x 130 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream/ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Japan/wove  
Note on the paper:cream 'Japan tissue' laid on ivory wove paper; chine coll√©, 'modern' laid, ganpi, vertical chain lines, even distribution, much debris  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:some very light overall plate tone, slightly heavier across lower fifth of plate  
Note on foul biting:small dark gouge at lower right (not from acid) with two faint corrosion marks and series of l-r diagonal scratches above it faintly  
Print note:A very fine impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.' (the 't' uncrossed)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'63.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper: butterfly and 'imp.' below platemark to left of center; 'JMcN. Whistler' (the 'c' superscript; 'Whistler' underscored) lower right  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Rare. Plate no longer in this condition.', at lower right, below platemark  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:2013exh_F Pencil butterfly of 1890s. Whistler's full signature and inscription extend from thin Japan to support sheet, so the drypoint was mounted on backing before signature  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'5822' (encircled) on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W83' on verso by C.L. Freer; 'co gi/gi/.' on verso; blue dot at the lower left on the verso; 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.