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The Palaces

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.383
State: 5/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:268 x 364 mm  
Plate mark size:252 x 358 mm  
Note on size:with thread and narrow margins (not trimmed right up to plate mark); with a very long tab  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The sheet was removed from a book; with an old brown ink inscription on the verso  
Watermarks:illegible round cartouche?  
Ink colour: black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with light tone over the upper portion of the plate and heavier tone on the water  
Note on foul biting:scattered acid droplets, mostly noticable near the plate edges; scratches or burnishing marks at the upper centre plate edge; vertical burnishing marks at lower left (all also present in FGA 1898.32); and with new acid droplets above the butterfly signature and granular foul biting on the roofs of the central palaces, the façades of the buildings at right and above and below the two large gondolas to the left of centre  
Print note:This appears to be pure etching  


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 50-73 mm from left, height 16 mm; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The ink inscription '8.0.0.' appears to be related to the '6.0.0.' on The Little Mast, FGA 1902.131; the sheets appear to have been removed from the same volume  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil at lower right on the verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227).  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W153 The Palaces' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; '8.0.0.' in brown ink on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.