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Nocturne: Palaces

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.39
State: 1/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Possibly bought from Whistler by F. Keppel & Co., 1891. Bought from Albert Rouillier, Chicago, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1906; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:370 x 284 mm  
Plate mark size:295 x 200 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Strasbourg Lily/'VGZ' (Chicago watermark 292 or 293)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone near the plate edges and across the water at bottom  
Note on foul biting:a number of scratches or abandoned lines, notably an 'x' over the upper window on the right palace and a larger, curving 'x' that extends across it and onto the water below  
Print note:A state before Kennedy's State I.  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly 'imp' and butterfly 'imp.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st State 1st proof-' and '1st State - 1st Impression -' ; the former before and the latter after the butterfly  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:butterfly of 1885/1886  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'9911' at lower centre on recto; '856' at lower centre on recto  
Misc inscriptions by others:'11' (?) at upper right on the verso; 'W168' at lower left on the recto and 'W168 From Rouillier, Jan 06' at lower right on the recto by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.