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The Little Mast

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.131
State: 3/8

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co. by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:271 x 189 mm  
Plate mark size:266 x 187 mm  
Note on size:The print is not trimmed all the way to the plate mark--there are very narrow margins; perhaps this was trimmed later by a dealer or collector?  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light, even tone  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks and patches, including a long area along the bottom plate mark; there is a vice mark at upper right.  
Print note:This appears to be pure etching, but the first state should be checked for drypoint under a microscope.  


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 31-52 mm from left, 8 mm height; butterfly of 1880  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The '6.0.0' inscription was probably on the sheet when it was printed; see FGA 1898.383, an impression of Palaces, with the same brown ink inscription  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W141' and 'Before the long accidental scratches / were removed' at lower centre verso; '25' (?) at lower left on ther verso; 'S / U I' at lower centre on the verso; '£Ex (or c next to reversed c) 0 with slash' at lower right on the verso; '6.0.0' in brown ink at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.