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The Little Forge, Liverpool

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.236
State: 16/16

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Probably sold by Whistler on either 28 April 1887 or 21 January 1889 to Walter Dowdeswell; C.W. Dowdeswell, London; Sir John Day, London; bought from Obach & Co. (receipt 22 September 1906) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1906; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:326 x 303 mm  
Plate mark size:227 x 151 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 old [Dutch?] inscriptions in brown ink on the recto and the verso  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:heavy plate tone on the ceiling and lighter tone on the walls and floor  
Note on foul biting:curved scratches to the right of the butterfly signature, prominent scratches at the lower left corner and a horizontal scratch to the right of the anvil  
Print note:This is the fourth 'state' in the series of impressions of K147 in the FGA; it appears to conform to the illustration of Kennedy's eighth state (but there are clearly more than eight states given the interim states among the other FGA impressions)  


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:'JCD' blindstamp (Sir John Day, Lugt 526); 'FROM / C.W. DOWDESWELL / 36 CHANCERY LANE' stamp (C.W. Dowdeswell, Lugt 690)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'r:r.o' (underlined and above) '' (all to left of) 'D' at lower left on the recto; '6' (encircled) at lower right on the recto; '15' at the lower centre on the verso; 'Obach + Co Oct/06' at lower left on the verso and 'After crosshatching above head of mans [sic] / working at bench - The Little Forge W.115' at lower centre on the recto, presumably all by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.