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The Piazzetta

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8522
State: 9/9

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:A.J. Parsons (1857-1935). Theodore de Witt, New York. Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10586  


Paper size:257 x 178 mm  
Plate mark size:254 x 178 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:the paper colour is almost pale green  
Watermarks:partial large shield (not distinguishable); Strasbourg lily  
Medium:etching [and drypoint]  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone along the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:many scattered flecks; more concentrated over figures in foreground on wall at right; patches of more regular foul biting on the upper wall of the right most building  
Print note:the only possible drypoint is among the shading on the clock and the doorway below it  


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:'4' at lower left on the verso possibly by Whistler  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 30-43mm from left; butterfly of 1888/1889  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:old dealer inscriptions have been erased  
Collector's mark:'A.J.P.' (A.J. Parsons, Lugt sup. 138b); 'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.