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Free Trade Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.36
State: 4/8

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co. (receipt 10 November 1888) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:220 x 278 mm  
Plate mark size:98 x 185 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial shell?  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall plate tone  
Note on foul biting:light foul biting over the entire plate, with more pronounced patches--including a possible fingerprint--on the water; some of the foul biting on the water appears to have been burnished out  
Print note:The only drypoint lines on the plate appear to be the butterfly signature, a few remaining horizontal lines in the water at left, faint traces of horizontals and diagonals at upper left, and horizontals between the masts at left  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'[…]CKS', back to front, on roof of wharf building  
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:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'84073' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W134' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'W 134. Free Trade Wharf (The Little Limehouse)' at lower left on the recto; 'pxi' (the 'x' may be a c next to a reversed c) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.