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The Piazzetta

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.386
State: 5/9

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:264 x 187 mm  
Plate mark size:253 x 181 mm  
Note on size:with narrow margins, not trimmed to the plate mark  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is pinkish, almost buff  
Medium:etching (and drypoint)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:medium overall plate tone, slightly darker on the bottom of the plate  
Note on foul biting:foul biting near the plate corners, with traces of acid droplets and other plate surface disturbances near the lower right corner; scratches at the top of the plate remain visible  
Print note:The only possible drypoint appears to be on the archway under the clock; note, however, that in Kennedy's second state, there are two small patches of right-left diagonal shading on the left side of the column, above the butterfly signature--they are not present in the this impression of the third state  


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 35-57 mm from left, width 12 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
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:'W155 The Piazetta - trial proof' at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.