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The Riva

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.388
State: 4/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:208 x 297 mm  
Plate mark size:201 x 295 mm  
Note on size:there are thread to narrow margins; the impression is not trimmed all the way to the plate mark  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale, even tone, slightly darker near the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:foul biting on and below the wall at upper left; many scratches on the pavement, most diagonal; traces of scraping marks at the lower centre  
Print note:This impression conforms to Kennedy state IIIa and is actually a fourth state. See State description.  


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:tab 46-69 mm from left, height 7 mm; ; butterfly of 1880/1881  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The brown ink '6.0.0.' is similar to inscriptions on FGA 1902.131, The Little Mast, and FGA 1898.383, Palaces, so the paper was probably removed from the same volume  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil at lower right on the verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'6.0.0.' in brown ink at lower left on the verso; '2' and 'W.157' at lower left on the verso; 'W157 The Riva No 1 Trial proof' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.