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The Bridge, Santa Marta

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.396
State: 9/9

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:294 x 200 mm  
Plate mark size:294 x 200 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial elaborate shield (Strasbourg lily?)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale tone, slightly heavier over the sky and more so at the lower left corner  
Note on foul biting:many scattered flecks; with larger patches of foul biting at upper left and lower centre  
Print note:The fine drypoint lines and butterfly signature in the plate print slightly stronger than on FGA 1887.21; that, coupled with the absence of regular tone over the bridge, laundry hanging on it and figures standing on its span at right, is possible evidence that the regular tonal areas were caused by the paper or cloth used to wrap the plate between printings; this impression of Kennedy's state VIII is earlier than 1887.12  


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 54-71 mm from left, height 8 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil on the verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W 171' written by Freer on verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.