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Whistler with the White Lock

New York Public Library
Accession no: MEZAP
State: 1/1

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © New York Public Library  
Provenance:Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), New York; acquired by the New York Public Library, S. P. Avery Collection.  


Paper size:265 x 204 mm  
Plate mark size:118 x 80 mm  
Note on size:uneven edges at right and bottom  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:with grey wash additions to shading around head, to hair, eyes, moustache, chin and left shoulder  
Print tone:Very light overall tone, looking grey  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:This is after cancellation yet signed by Whistler; the Wunderlich impressions were clearly being sold during JMW's lifetime, and he was apparently willing to sign them; the impression is quite prettily touched with grey wash-- as it is signed by JMW, could he have added the drawing as well??  


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  
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:The large pencil butterfly dates from 1879/1881 and may not be by Whistler.  
Collector's mark:'S. P. AVERY / COLLECTION' (Lugt 41) stamp on recto  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Whistler with the White Lock - Wedmore 142.'; '9' below platemark at right; '142' top left above image  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.