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The Venetian Mast

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.394
State: 6/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance: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:367 x 177 mm  
Plate mark size:340 x 163 mm  
Note on size:with small margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with plate tone near the plate edges and heavier tone over the bottom third of the plate  
Note on foul biting:granular patches at left and right, especialy on, above and below the standing boy at left and over the standing man at right  
Print note:This impression does not have all the work found in the other impression of the fifth state at the FGA (1894.19); thus the designation 5a for this print (it is actually remains the fifth state, and the other impression is a new sixth state); 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 'imp'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:large shaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W160 The Mast, trial proof' at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer; '*' at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.