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The Little Venice

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1949.1.54
State: 1/2

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance: H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 37051). Given by R. Horace Gallatin to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949.  
Additional acq. no:B-15260  


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:heavy weight  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:With pale overall tone, darker near the plate edges and corners  
Note on foul biting:With acid spots and droplets on the sky at left and on the lower water; evidence of scraping and burnishing at the four corners  
Print note:The paper, ink colour and butterfly are characteristic of impressions printed in Venice  


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:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 72 to 85mm from left; height 8mm; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:large shaded butterfly with printed 'imp.'  
Collector's mark:'RGH' (R. Horace Gallatin, the stamp not in Lugt, but see Lugt 1932d)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 37051' at lower left ; 'C.19910' at lower right; 'D4380' (upside down) at lower left all on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'149' and '4' in circle at lower left on the verso; 'K183 only state / From Sir Frederick Wedmore's collection' at centre on the verso by Harold Wright '£ / v / s' at lower centre and 'Fyo. Ø' at lower right both on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.