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Old Putney Bridge

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1897.16
State: 7/7

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, 14 April 1897) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1897; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:284 x 459 mm  
Plate mark size:200 x 297 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:IV countermark  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Pale tone, darker along the plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:Scattered foul biting with more on the water.  
Print note:Either Kennedy's description of the fourth state is incorrect, or this impression is between the third and fourth states.  


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:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):'F.G. imp' in graphite at lower left on the recto (probably by Goulding)  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Whistler - Putney Bridge. Seymour Haden's proof with note and signature by Haden, also signed by Goulding as printer' at lower centre on the recto; 'very fine proof' at lower right on the recto; 'Wedmore 145' at lower right on the verso; 'Px (or c next to reversed c) nc' (the 'nc' underlined) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.