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The Little Forge, Liverpool

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.169
State: 14/16

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson, London (ca 1829 - d. 1891). C.W. Dowdeswell. Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:325 x 196 mm  
Plate mark size:225 x 150 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
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:[B?] D countermark  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:With heavy plate tone on the ceiling and walls in the background; with light tone on the floor in the middle- and foreground.  
Note on foul biting:pits and scratches on the lower part of the plate include prominent, curving scratches to the right of the butterfly signature, dark scratches near the lower left corner and a horizontal scratch to the right of the anvil  
Print note:This is the third in the sequence of 'states' of K147 in the FGA; it appears to be after Kennedy's sixth state (which is how it was previously catalogued)  


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:'JHH' blindstamp (J. H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921); 'FROM C. W. DOWDESWELL 75 Chancery Lane' in black ink (C.W. Dowdeswell, Lugt 690); 'F' Freer's seal with faint trace of red pigment, recto (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'...Lori vocontii meminit Lepsed: ad Loc. ...w farn 34.' two partial lines of old Latin inscription in brown ink, verso; '....L . O [unclear] D' unidentified writing, partly erased and cut off, bottom right corner, recto (probably same inscription as on F1906.236, K. 147.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.