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The Piazzetta

Victoria and Albert Museum
Accession no: E.3042-1931
State: 9/9

Collection credit:Bequeathed by Hans Velten.  
Image credit:  
Provenance:Hans Velten (1857?-1930), London; bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1931.  
Additional acq. no:EE.1D  


Paper size:255 x 180 mm  
Plate mark size:254 x 178 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight paper  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:generally even light plate tone; darker in lower corners, light tonal variations in sky  
Note on foul biting:patch of foul biting at bottom edge; fine pitting upper right and across figures on piazzetta  
Print note:drypoint work on pigeons and buildings on the left; scrim mark at far left on steps  


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:44 mm from left, 4 x 12 mm; butterfly of 1888/1889  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark: 'V.A.M.' stamp on verso (Lugt 2503)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'E: 3042-1931' in ink lower centre on verso; '13 x 18', 'Piazetta [illegilble]' and '15' in pencil at bottom.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.