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Bead Stringers

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.185
State: 11/11

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London; sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lot 259), bought by Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, £2.2.0; sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:232 x 149 mm  
Plate mark size:224 x 149 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:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Fairly even overall plate tone, slightly darker at top and bottom; distinct curving wiping marks.  
Note on foul biting:Small spots and patches at upper and lower left; the foul biting in the other FGA impressions (Kennedy's state IV) is less prominent here.  
Print note:Ruled lines, visible on the verso, were used to trim the impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
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 37-54 mm from left, height 8 mm; butterfly of 1886/1888  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:small-medium unshaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blindstamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.