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The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1899.54
State: 2/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co. (Keppel receipt 4 December 1899) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1899; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:202 x 335 mm  
Plate mark size:175 x 301 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:This colour appears to be ivory discolored to buff  
Watermarks:ID ? Countermark?  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light tone near the four plate corner; a somewhat inky plate mark  
Note on foul biting:two small spots that appear to be foul biting at the lower right corner (they are also visible on Kennedy's illustration of the first state)  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'OLD FERRY WHARF. / J. JOHNSON / COAL MERCHANT'; 'THE ADAM and EVE - / Wine & Spirit Establ'; 'STOP / PIT'; 'UEWS' - on buildings  
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:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W144' by C.L. Freer; 'I/C U' [CU reversed]; 'Undescribed early proof / before Whistler's monogram / in the sky.'; 'FHx [or c reversed c] mo' (m underlined, o with diagonal line / across it); 'e/[illegible]/-', all on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.