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Chelsea Bridge and Church

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.331
State: 2/7

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:140 x 198 mm  
Plate mark size:102 x 167 mm  
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, vertical chain lines  
Watermarks:partial: Post Horn with 4 and WR below  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of plate tone along top, left and right plate edges  
Note on foul biting:light foul biting across top of sky and scattered flecks in lower sky, water and shore; heavier foul biting or other plate surface defects at lower right between boat under sail and beached sailboat; two corrosion marks apparent to left of figure on sailing boats.  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler.' (underscored) within plate mark at lower left corner  
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 previous existence of inscriptions 'S.H. 3." and, in C.L. Freer's hand, 'Trial B Grolier Catalogue. (Haden Catalogue) signed proof' in graphite on old mount (now lost). They were erased 1924.01.02.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W85 Trial B Grolier Club' on verso by C.L. Freer; tiny green 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.