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The Piazzetta

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.182
State: 1/9

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:303 x 223 mm  
Plate mark size:254 x 181 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The sheet was removed from a book; with an old brown ink inscription ('32') on the recto  
Watermarks:there appears to be a watermark, but the sheet is backed so it is not distinguishable  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:medium overall tone, slightly darker at the upper left and lower corners; bands of 'picking' at bottom  
Note on foul biting:With foul biting near the plate edges and corners and many acid droplets at the lower right; prominent scratches on the plate at top and left (most are left-right and right-left diagonals) and distinct scraping or burnishing marks at top centre  
Print note:There are many scratches as well as a slipped area on the dome at left (which looks something like drypoint) but there is no actual drypoint on the plate  


Whistler's sign on plate:two butterflies  
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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:various erased inscriptions.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.