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Old Battersea Bridge

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.174
State: 5/7

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:300 x 409 mm  
Plate mark size:203 x 295 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:ivory discolored to dark cream  
Watermarks:Pro Patria  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light, even tone  
Note on foul biting:There is foul biting near the butterfly signature, with fainter flecks on the water and sky.  
Print note:The ink is a warm black, almost dark brown in appearance on this paper.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly 'imp.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'cx. / .x.' in the right margin on the recto (the dots to left and right of the 'x' are raised and in black ink)  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:butterfly of 1879  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'141 -- with clouds and large butterfly. T. Way, June.' originally written by C.L. Freer in margin, erased 16 June 1925 (according to FGA folder sheet).  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.