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Wych Street, London

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.263
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 205 mm  
Plate mark size:215 x 138 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The paper of this '1st proof' (according to Whistler's inscription) is different from that of the impression annotate '2nd proof'--the chain lines differ and the laid lines on this sheet are finer and closer  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks, with two more prominent patches near the lower left corner and near the lower right plate edge  
Print note:The darkest lines are very inky (possible use of retroussage?); 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:'1st (the 'st' superscript and underlined) -' in the lower right margin 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:'W 132 Wych Street' written by C.L. Freer, erased.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.