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The Beggars

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.391
State: 1/17

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:314 x 216 mm  
Plate mark size:306 x 211 mm  
Note on size:Trimmed just outside platemark  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:fibrous japan, chain lines but no laid lines  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone  
Note on foul biting:a few marks, including a patch at lower centre near the plate edge  
Print note:a good impression with some burr or retroussage; soft, rather unusual effect on the ground, like wheel ruts; the faces of woman and child are very sweet; the cloaked figure in the distance is a mysterious, hunched shape; there are slight burnishing marks up the pillars to left and right; the only drypoint used appears to be a few lines on wall at lower right, thus the ink effect is a result of retroussage or over inking, not drypoint burr  


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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil at lower right on the verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227); 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'The Beggars - undescribed plate - probably a first idea - Early proof' at bottom on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.