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The Velvet Dress (Mrs Leyland)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.6
State: 7/7

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


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:232 x 156 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:[? ] 'v' countermark?  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:considerable plate tone over figure's hair, hat and dress  
Note on foul biting:Small circular scratches to the right of the skirt, 76 mm above the lower right late corner.  
Print note:The circular scratches at lower right are visible in Kennedy's illustration of the fifth state. A lot of horizontal scratches. It uses ink, burr and retroussage to make the dress appear gloosy blakc  


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:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Mrs. Leyland - '  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of 1886 or 1887  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:"'Mrs Leyland,' undescribed. From Obach + Co, £173.5 / In drypoint on the same plate used for 'The Velvet Dress.' W.91" and 'Not in Wedmore' on the lower margin on the verso by C. L. Freer; 'F' at upper left on recto; '117' upper right on verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.