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The Beggars

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.149
State: 3/17

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach and Co., London, (Obach receipt, 11 July 1903), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903 for £75; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:306 x 210 mm  
Plate mark size:302 x 208 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:shield (with clasped hands?) surmounted by a plumed helmet  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no tone, clean wiped  
Note on foul biting:only along the edges, including a patch a lower centre right; regular, mechanical areas at lower left and lower right appear to be from a file or scraper; they do not appear to be roulette work but are somewhat similar in appearance to the regular work on the water of The Doorway  
Print note:faint but clear lines on the figure, where it has been rubbed [scraped] out; apparently between Kennedy's first and second states (see State descr.)  


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 on verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Intermediate state of "The Beggars" / unique proof I believe' / butterfly at lower left on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 40-62 from left, pencil butterfly of 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of 1883  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Obach & Co. July / 03 £75' 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.