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The Little Velvet Dress

Library of Congress
Accession no: FP-XIX-W576, no. 106
State: 2/3

Collection credit:Pennell Fund, 1949  
Image credit:Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division  
Provenance:Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York; sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), Naugatuck, CT, 1919. Bought from the Pennell Fund by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 14 March 1949.  
Additional acq. no:490012-3 Pennell Fund. B.96.810.111  


Paper size:215 x 153 mm  
Plate mark size:163 x 120 mm  
Note on size:uneven edges at top and bottom  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone, carefully wiped, with more at the bottom  
Note on foul biting:flecks  
Print note:A good impression with burr printed in warm black ink, this is the impression of the first state reproduced by Kennedy (note that the reproduction is too light); remnants of earlier subjects (head at upper right and outline of houses, upside down, are seen at lower left)  


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:butterfly 'imp.' in pencil below platemark at lower left  
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:pencil butterfly of 1889/1890s  
Collector's mark:'HM' stamp (H. Mansfield, Lugt 1342); 'HW' stamp (H. G.Whittemore, Lugt suppl. 1384a).  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W92' at lower right on the recto  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.