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San Biagio

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.238
State: 3/17

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Royal Collection, Windsor; Obach & Co., London; bought from Obach's (receipt, 22 September 1906), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1906; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:217 x 307 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 304 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:hunting horn (Chicago watermark 182)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with considerable plate tone over the water at bottom and at the upper left corner; light, even tone elsewhere  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and small patches  
Print note:  


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:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:44 to 66 mm; unusually tall tab; butterfly of 1885/1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:medium unshaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:crown symbol  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W163 San Biagio / Obach and Co Oct/06' at lower left on the verso and 'From the Queens [sic] Collection' at lower centre 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.