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Pickle Herring Wharf

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.366
State: 6/8

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 9 November 1898) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:209 x 330 mm  
Plate mark size:151 x 228 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 an old [Dutch?] inscription in brown ink on the verso  
Watermarks:'B/TH' in elaborated circle (Chicago watermark 62)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Faint traces of tone at lower left and lower right  
Note on foul biting:Considerable foul biting on the sky and on the water at lower left and lower right; the centre of the water appears to have been cleaned  
Print note:This appears to be the earliest of the three impressions of Kennedy's fifth state at the FGA: the drypoint lines are strongest, and there is a left-right curving scratch by the reflections of the boats at right and a long right-left curving scratch above the butterfly signature; the scratch by the refletionsis not visible in FGA 1891.9 and 1905.173, while the scratch near the butterfly shows faintly on both.  


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:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W137' 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.