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Fishing Boats, Hastings

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.36
State: 3b/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), Glasgow. Bought from H.Wunderlich & Co. by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:156 x 254 mm  
Plate mark size:151 x 253 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:Colour is ivory discoloured to buff  
Watermarks:S WISE & CO / 1823 (Chicago watermark 320)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Light plate tone on the sky at left and heavier tone, with left-right wiping marks, over the foreground  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks at upper left; the foul biting is less prominent than on FGA 1905.105  
Print note:Drypoint was used only for the butterfly signature, the shading in the sky at the horizon and on the shore at left; the drypoint lines of the butterfly are rather faint and without burr, and the lines in the sky and on the shore are faint.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'Hastings -'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 55-56 mm from left, height 5 mm; butterfly of 1886/1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of 1887/1888  
Collector's mark:'B.M.' stamp (B.B. MacGeorge, Lugt 394)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W131' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.