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The Piano

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.58
State: 2/7

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co., (Obach receipts, 23 April and 24 May 1904), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1904; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:330 x 158 mm  
Plate mark size:234 x 158 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:There is a deckle at all four sheet edges; this is probably the same paper as FGA 1898.354  
Watermarks:illegible countermark?  
Medium:drypoint and open bite  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:mfm: a lot of print tone, particularly to right mh: selectively wiped, with tone over the figure's dress and behind the skirt at right.  
Note on foul biting:Acid droplets among the vertical drypoint lines above and to the left of the head; small pits and scratches at lower right.  
Print note:Rich burr and/or retroussage.: Note the tonal work in the plate. An irregular patch, extending to the left of and behind the head and to the left and right of the lower part of the skirt is lavis or open bite; this tonal work appears faintly in Kennedy's illustrations of the second through sixth states as well as clearly on FGA 1898.354  


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 '4.' in brown ink in the lower right margin  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:see above  
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:'W117' at lower centre on the recto and 'Obach & Co W117 - 1st State £84 / Before the monogram' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; blue dot at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.