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Sketches of a Girl and a Woman

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.255
State: 1/1

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. (receipts 9 December 1903 and 6 January 1904), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:320 x 195 mm  
Plate mark size:178 x 133 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The sheet was removed from a book; with an old [Dutch?] inscription in brown ink on the verso  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:pen or brush and black and grey wash shading behind the girl's head and back, on the back of her head and back, around her eye, on the ruffles of her dress; a series of curved lines below her  
Print tone:Light, irregular plate tone over most of the plate  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:There is evidence of burnishing at the upper right--possibly where a book was removed from the beginning of another "reading in bed" subject?  


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:butterfly; 'Whistler' (underlined)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st Proof - touched / in Water Color -'  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Note that the large shaded butterfly signature in the image is in graphite and is not incised into the plate  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:' ...6 Dat is ik zal im zekerlyk stellen etc. Vid Glassig pag 520', old writing in Dutch in brown ink on verso; 'Whistler 1st Proof - touched in Water Color -' in unidentified writing on recto; 'W 108 Two Sketches' written by C.L. Freer, erased, on recto; blue dot at the lower left corner on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.