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The Venetian Mast

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1894.19
State: 8/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., (Keppel receipt, 31 May 1894), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:343 x 164 mm  
Plate mark size:340 x 162 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:the paper colour is probably ivory discoloured to cream  
Watermarks:L? countermark  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall tone, slightly darker near the plate corners  
Note on foul biting:foul biting on the upper wall and over the boy and the at left, on the upper part of the house and on the figure of the standing man only at right; pale patches (from burnishing?) in the sky to the left of the cord attached to the mast  
Print note:Work present in the other FGA impression formerly catalogued as Kennedy's fifth state (1898.394) has been removed in this impression; while designated 5b here, this is actually a new sixth state, prior to Kennedy's sixth  


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 by the inscription at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Selected proof' / butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 26-36 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 18862' and '1257e' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W160' at lower right on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'EWw net' (in script, the second 'w' underlined and superscript) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.