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The Little Mast

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.24
State: 6/8

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 21 August 1894) by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:268 x 185 mm  
Plate mark size:265 x 185 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is ivory discoloured to buff  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall plate tone  
Note on foul biting:Considerable new foul biting appears in the third state, around and to the right of the lug sail, on the wall and shadows at right and over the group of children; note the regular texture.  
Print note:The print appears to be pure etching but should be checked under a microscope. (The foul biting around the changes argues that they were made in etching rather than drypoint.)  


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 by inscription  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'selected proof - butterfly / special' at lower right on the recto  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 32-44 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 18852' at lower left on verso; '2' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W141' at lower centre on the verso written by C.L. Freer; 'y x (or c next to reversed c) vx' at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.