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The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea

British Museum
Accession no: 1973-09-15-28
State: 3/3

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Acquired from Whistler by W. C. Alexander; passed by family descent to his daughter, Rachel Alexander; sold by her executors with 19 other etchings for a total of £3165.0.0 to the British Museum, London, 1973 (Report of Gere, Keeper of the Print Room, 17 17 August 1973, Trustees Reports).  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA50509  


Paper size:250 left/245 right x 383 top /391 bottom mm  
Plate mark size:174 x 301 mm  
Note on size:slightly irregular  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:browned within old mount, 'antique' (pre 1800) laid  
Watermarks:not visible  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone  
Note on foul biting:small dots and flecks  
Print note:clear impression, the butterfly and clouds faint; this is a later impression than 1750208  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly (faint)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'OLD FERRY WHARF. / J. JOHNSON / COAL MERCHANT'; 'STOP / PIT'; 'UEWS' 'THE ADAM and EVE - / Wine & Spirit Establ'; - 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:Crown over 'BM' stamp  
Dealers' stock nos:'A 79404' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.