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Under Old Battersea Bridge

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46792
State: 3/3

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bought by the University of Glasgow from Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, 27-28 November 1973.  


Paper size:333/337 x 200 mm  
Plate mark size:213 x 136 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching, drypoint and open bite (?)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light plate tone; platemark edges print as black lines  
Note on foul biting:strong granular tone used in the bridge construction ('speckled-egg effect'); there is less pitting below.  
Print note:There are scratches and marks on the plate, particularly on bottom half; the spots of 'foul biting' on the span and piers of the bridge vary in size, are widely dispersed and are circular and oval in shape, probably indicating Whistler's deliberate use of acid spatter to created the tonal effect (I.e. this does not appear to be a case of a 'happy accident.')  


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: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:HAG Web page: (1) inscr. in pencil; v. "A. 66542 IIxx / 37 (or 34) K. 176"  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'A.66542 Hxx' on verso bottom left  
Misc inscriptions by others:verso bottom left: '34'; in different pencil and handwriting, bottom right: 'K. 176'; verso in ink lower left, in script, upside down: 'Validissimum judaea [illegible] vocat / Suet. Tet. 4 scribit a ibi [illegible].'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.