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The Velvet Dress (Mrs Leyland)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.25
State: 1/7

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co. by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1889; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:279 x 203 mm  
Plate mark size:232 x 158 mm  
Note on size:.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:even distribution, little debris, kozo, vertical chain lines  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone near the plate corners and edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
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:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Px' (or reversed c and c) at lower right on the verso; 'v v' [or reversed 22] Px. --- - =' in unidentified writing on verso; blue dot at lower right corner on the recto. According to FGA folder sheet, written on margin, 'The Velvet Dress - 1st state? Erased March 12th, 1924. Note on List: India paper. First state. C.L.F. note on original mount: Trial? Before the additional vertical lines in the background and above her head. Perhaps they were removed before this proof was pulled. G.D.G., 1921: See 04.6, Mrs. Leyland, undescribed by Wedmore; described by Kennedy and Mansfield as the Fifth State of W 91.').  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.