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The Little Lagoon

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1942.15.4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Probably sold to W.C. Alexander. Given by Mr and Mrs J. Watson Webb to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, memory of Mr and Mrs H. O. Havemeyer, 1942.  
Additional acq. no:B-2440  


Paper size:235 x 152 mm  
Plate mark size:229 x 152 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:unusually heavy chain lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone, darker at the upper right corner and across the lower quarter of the plate; some disturbance of tone at upper and lower right (looks more like dust than picking)  
Note on foul biting:A few scattered flecks; the vertical scratches at upper right print fairly strongly.  
Print note:A stronger fresher impression than NGA 1942.15.4.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly 'imp.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly at lower left on verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'For Alexander - / [butterfly] chosen - / very fine proof' at lower left on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 24 to 42mm from left; butterfly of 1880  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:the butterfly on the tab is medium large, with ribs on the wings, dating from 1880  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'A 32523' at lower left on verso; '77010' at lower right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Little Lagoon' at lower centre on the verso; 's / ci' at lower centre on the verso; 'FHX WXØ' at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.