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The Two Ships

New York Public Library
Accession no: MEZAP
State: 4/5

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © New York Public Library  
Provenance:Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), New York; acquired by the New York Public Library, S. P. Avery Collection.  


Paper size:320 x 223 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 133 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:DE ERVEN DE BLAUW  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:There seems to be a wash across the horizon and on the stern of the boats and that seems to have been scraped off along the top of the distant ship.  
Print tone:light overall tone  
Note on foul biting:at bottom right  
Print note:burr on ships, printed in warm black ink  


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:'S. P. AVERY / COLLECTION' (Lugt 41) stamp  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Whistler St. Catherine's Docks' on recto; and '1875' on image at bottom left  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.