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The Little Lagoon

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8520

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Bought on 15 March 1928 by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10584  


Paper size:228 x 234 mm  
Plate mark size:226 x 153 mm  
Note on size:with thread margins around platemark  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:some defect in the laid lines, making them unusually wide on half the sheet  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall, darker at upper right and on lower third of plate; some 'picking' at upper and lower left  
Note on foul biting:a few scattered flecks; vertical scratches at upper right are faint  
Print note:this impression shows more wear than NGA 1943.3.8520  


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:'Whistler' (upside down) at lower left on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'For Alexander / butterfly chosen / Very fine proof' at lower left on verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 35-51mm from left; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:medium large veined butterfly  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'A 32523' lower left on verso; '77010' lower centre on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Little Lagoon' lower centre on verso; 'S' lower centre on verso; 'C1' /; 'FHx (wavy line underlined) Ø' lower right verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.