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Nocturne: Palaces

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1893.23
State: 11/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 19 June 1893), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1893; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:295 x 199 mm  
Plate mark size:295 x 199 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:'DHK' countermark (Chicago watermark 108)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very heavy plate tone over the sky and water, with distinct vertical wiping marks; graduated tone in the centre with the lightest area to the left of the light; distinct horizontal wiping marks in this central area  
Note on foul biting:a patch of foul biting among the vertical shading on the water at right (this foul biting is visible in Kennedy's illustration of state VIII)  
Print note:  


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.' at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:small-medium unshaded butterfly  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Nocturne Palaces / Before the monogram' at lower centre on the verso and 'W168' 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.