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Elinor Leyland

British Museum
Accession no: 1973-09-15-26
State: 3/8

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired from Whistler by W. C. Alexander; passed by family descent to his daughter, Rachel Alexander; sold by her executors with 19 other etchings for a total of £3165.0.0 to the British Museum, London, 1973 (Report of Gere, Keeper of the Print Room, 17 17 August 1973, Trustees Reports).  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA50420  


Paper size:278 x 202 mm  
Plate mark size:213 x 139 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:pale buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):japan  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light tone, with a curious vertical texture noticeable at the bottom.  
Note on foul biting:a few scratches in the bottom right corner; mark along the edge at the bottom left corner; some dots at the top.  
Print note:It has a rich burr, possibly exagerated by the printing; the paper may have been dragged, for the ink is pulled upwards from the lines of the butterfly; the burr is a little spotty on the vertical lines to left of the figure, and spreading as if the paper or ink was particularly wet at the lower left of the shadow.  


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:'L' (?), written upside down on the recto  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'3' on recto  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.