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Wych Street, London

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.264
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), London; bought from Obach & Co. (receipts, 9 December 1903 and 6 January 1904) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:320 x 194 mm  
Plate mark size:216 x 139 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 two old inscriptions in brown ink on the verso  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:extensive but subtle additions in black and greay watercolor to indicate or enhance the details and shading in the distant background  
Print tone:traces of plate tone, mostly near the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks on the sky and foreground  
Print note:This is an impression of the first state (formely catalogued as the second); it is possible that the changes between Kennedy's first and second states do not represent true states but, rather, are the result of wear.  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly and 'Whistler' (underlined)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'2nd (the 'nd' superscript) Proof. Touched in water color' at lower right on the recto  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of 1877/1878; the lettered signature follows the inscription  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.