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The Silk Dress

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.250
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), London. Bought from Obach & Co., (Obach receipt 9 December 1903), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:335 x 225 mm  
Plate mark size:208 x 132 mm  
Note on size:.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800), even distribution, much debris, vertical chain lines  
Watermarks:De Erven Dk Blauw  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone at upper left, lower left, lower right and across the figure's skirt  
Note on foul biting:several specks, including a large one at lower right, below the end of the train  
Print note:Check under a microscope: some lines of the hat, sleeve, bodice and train appear to be etched--but that doesn't make sense?  


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: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:'The Silk Dress' --- undescribed. Not in Wedmore.' written by C.L. Freer on bottom margin, recto, but erased 13 March 1924, according to FGA folder sheet; blue dot at lower left on the verso. '03.250 K.107' written by M. Smith, verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.