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Nude Reclining

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.260
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. by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903 (receipts 9 December 1903 and 6 January 1904); bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:205 x 325 mm  
Plate mark size:139 x 215 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid, 'antique'  
Note on the paper:'antique' laid, blank book, even distribution, much debris, horizontal chain lines.  
Watermarks:Pro Patria  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:Extensive brush, ink and wash additions, including background, outlines of figure and hair parallel horizontals on the sofa/chaise; the subject bordered (within the platemark) by wash lines  
Print tone:traces near plate edges  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:Kennedy reproduced this as an impression of the second state, but there is only one state. Background shadows at the top and right, alterations to the figure, and a vertical stripe pattern on the sofa, are added with brush and wash, a dark, granulating wash  


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:'Melampi historiam copiose das usibunt C nett. ad Theor. III. 43', unidentified writing in brown ink on verso; 'No 60' in unidentified writing on verso; 'x' in a square, on recto; 'Probably the only two impressions that exist. India ink wash covers the background; also brush strokes on couch, girl's head and body' [Kennedy 03.259, 03.260]; 'I have them both.' (according to FGA folder sheet, 'Note by Mr. Freer in margin, referring to Menpes Collection'); "W 113 'Sketch of a Girl.' 2nd State washed with india ink" written by Freer on recto.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.