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Old Battersea Bridge

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1949.5.547
State: 2/7

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Listed by E. G. Kennedy as owned by J. P. Elton, 1910. Harris Whittemore, Naugatuck C.A. Given by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia, to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949.  
Additional acq. no:B-15854  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:strasbourg lily with '4W' below  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Pale overall tone; some ink residue or off-setting above the bridge  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks  
Print note:Printed with retroussage or with the lines overinked; this is the impression reproduced by Kennedy for the first state  


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 at lower right on verso with inscription  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st State only proof' butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 77-94mm from left; height 6mm; butterfly of 1886/1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:the 'JPE' looks like a collector's initials, but it may be a price inscription  
Collector's mark:'HW' stamp (Harris Whittemore, Lugt 1384a) 'JPE' in pencil at lower centre on the verso  
Dealers' stock nos:'7080' at upper centre right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'12 5/8 9' (upside down) at lower centre on the verso (framer's measurements?)  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.