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The Letter (Maud, seated)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.346
State: 1/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), London; Sotheby's, London, 30 June 1876; Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., (receipt 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:201 x 157 mm  
Plate mark size:140 x 101 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid (pre 1800), even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:partial Pro Patria  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very faint overall plate tone  
Note on foul biting:small patch of corrosion at the upper right of the plate butterfly signature; other scattered pits and scratches.  
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:'S. Haden' at the lower right on the verso; 'Rose Sale June. 30 1876' at the lower left on the verso by F.S. Haden; 'W100' at the lower centre on the verso by C.L.Freer  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.