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Bead Stringers

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.120
State: 4/11

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


Paper size:231 x 151 mm  
Plate mark size:227 x 151 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light, even tone; with an inky plate mark.  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks; pale corrosion or acid spot on the doorframe at upper right and a dark patch of foul biting at the lower right plate corner.  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'37' above the door  
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 37-52 mm from left, height 4 mm; butterfly of 1888/1890s  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:small unshaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W164 - Trial before the butterfly - From Mr Whistler June/02' at lower right 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.