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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.171
State: 1/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co., (Obach receipt, 11 July 1903), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:276 x 367 mm  
Plate mark size:237 x 300 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial VAN GELDER  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Traces of tone near the plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:a few flecks and spots  
Print note:The medium is difficult to determine because of paper surface irregularities, but it appears to be pure etching in this 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:butterfly 'imp.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Second impression. First State.' at lower right on the recto and 'proof of a destroyed plate - same subject as the "Traghetto", which took its place, + is one of the Venice First Series-' at lower right on the recto  
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:'Somewhat like W.56 but on separate [sic] copper- / compare with the other impression bought from Otto Bacher (Otto Bacher underlined) / From Obach + Co. July, 03.' by C. L. Freer; upside down 'A' at lower left on the verso; 'ia (in script)' at lower left on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.