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San Biagio

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.395
State: 17/17

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:214 x 303 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 303 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:the paper colour is slightly pinkish  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:fairly even overall tone, somewhat darker over the lower edge of the water and at the bottom of the plate; unobtrusive mottled areas along the top of the image  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and small patches as well as granular areas at lower right and in the archway over the hanging shirts; small pale acid droplets below the window to the left of the arch  
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:tab 44-59 mm from left, height 7 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:small unshaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil at lower right on the recto, within the image (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'c' at lower right on the verso; 'W163 San Biagio - B Grolier Club' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'W.163' a lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.