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The Piano

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.354
State: 5/7

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), London; auction, 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:321 x 210 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:This is probably the same paper as FGA 1904.58  
Medium:drypoint and open bite  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:  
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:Note the tonal work as per the 'Print Note' on FGA 1904.58; also note the very fine vertical shading on the butterfly signature in the plate.  


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:'8' in brown ink in the lower left margin  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Note that FGA 1904.58 is numbered '4' in brown ink as well as date of acquisition by Haden (June 30, 1876).  
Collector's mark:'S. Haden' in graphite pencil at lower left on verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'3' at lower centre on the verso; 'Rose Sale. June 30..1876.' at lower left of the verso by Haden; 'W117' at the lower left on the recto (by CLF?) and 'W117' 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.