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The Two Ships

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1901.195
State: 5/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co. by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1901; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:360 x 230 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 133 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:escutcheon surmounted by crown with orb, with a tassel beneath; a fanciful letter or curlicue device (possibly a swan?) at the centre  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale tone on the water  
Note on foul biting:traces at the lower right corner and lightly scattered over the hulls of the boats and water; the dark strip of foul biting, visible in Kennedy's illustration of the third state, appears to be mostly burnished out  
Print note:  


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:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 38261' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Whistler. Two Ships. / early trial proof' at lower centre on the verso; 'l' over '^' at lower centre on the verso; 'yx' (or reversed c next to c) at lower right on the verso; 'EN' (in script) erased at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.