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The Traghetto, No. 2

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.183
State: 6/9

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:249 x 306 mm  
Plate mark size:242 x 303 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam with [?] K countermark  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall plate tone, slightly darker at the lower corners and lower plate edge.  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks and considerable granular tone (fairly regular in places) over the figures at the table; no traces of foul biting on the lower part of the plate as in FGA 1898.387  
Print note:  


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 upside down, at lower left on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Tho. Way-' at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 57-73 mm from left, height 7 mm pencil butterfly of ca 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:both butterflies are medium-sized and unshaded  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'From T. Way. June/05' at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'W.56' at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.