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The Piazzetta

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 49965
State: 9C(b)/9

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  


Paper size:256 x 180 mm  
Plate mark size:253 x 180 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight, 'antique' laid paper; it is inlaid.  
Watermarks:'HARRIS & McMU[RDO]' (partial, cut off along bottom of letters) (Chicago watermark 160)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:The print tone is slightly more pronounced in the foreground and around the edges.  
Note on foul biting:There is minor foul biting at the edges and heavy dense pitting around the figures and square. There are areas of finer dense pitting at the right in the building and in the sky.  
Print note:The etched and drypoint lines in the sky have broken down.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly, and cancelled with a big 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:4 x 13 mm; 33 mm from left; butterfly of 1888/1889  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly may not be by Whistler  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.