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The Letter (Maud, seated)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1893.28
State: 3/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Max Williams & Co. (receipt 4 October 1893), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, , receipt 9 October 1893; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:220 x 168 mm  
Plate mark size:139 x 101 mm  
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, horizontal chain lines  
Watermarks:top edge of letters (probably De Erven Dk Blauw)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:faint traces of tone at the upper left; an inky plate mark at right and an inky fingerprint in the lower left corner of the image  
Note on foul biting:small patch of corrosion at the upper right of the plate butterfly signature  
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:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W100' at the lower centre on the recto by C.L. Freer; blue dot at the lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.