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The Little Venice

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46797
State: 1/2

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  


Paper size:257/262 x 388/392 mm  
Plate mark size:185 x 264 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:Very thin 'antique' paper; translucent; cut slightly irregularly (probably half a sheet); irregular chain line interval (often seen in foolscap). It has hand-ruled lines in red pencil. Restorer’s work visible; it has been ‘washed’; filler, flat.  
Watermarks:partial [illegible]  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light plate tone; also see print note  
Note on foul biting:many scraping and burnishing marks on the sky and water  
Print note:The plate has been scraped and burnished, but not polished and cleaned, probably to remove foul biting and/or other surface defects; given the extent of the marks on the plate, this is provisionally an earlier state than Kennedys first and only state.  


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):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'The 'Little Venice' K 183 Early undescribed state' by Harold Wright below platemark; in an unknown hand below platemark 'superb'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.