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The Venetian Mast

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.135
State: 1/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:370 x 235 mm  
Plate mark size:399 x 161 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:KF countermark  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale plate tone near the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scraper marks are visible on the upper walls of the buildings at left and at the bottom of the plate  
Print note:This was formerly catalogued as an impression of the second state, but Kennedy appears to have reversed the first and second states in his catalogue; thus, this is now the first state [Kennedy seems not to have realised that detail was reduced in the second state, rather than added-- and the prominent line or scratch appears in the later state]  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
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:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'13465' and illegible, at lower right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Before the Monogram. / Before the coat of the man to the right was changed. And Before the dotted [?] work in the group of women' and 'W160 / The Mast trial proof' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; '£ EC. Circle with slash' [the EC in script] in unknown hand on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.