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Riva, No. 2

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.6
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co., (Obach receipts, 10 January and 23 February 1905), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:207 x 303 mm  
Plate mark size:207 x 303 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Hunting horn in shield (Chicago watermark 182)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:pale tone, slightly darker near the plate edges and on the bottom fifth of the plate  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; before the regular patches on FGA 1898.397  
Print note:The state is the same as FGA 1887.16 and 1898.397 (Kennedy's first state); it is the earliest of the three impressions (see State descr.)  


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 69-90 mm from left, height 7 mm; butterfly of 1881/1882  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The butterfly is medium-sized with horizontal veins at the centre of the wings  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'12' at lower centre on the verso; 'W 175 The Riva No 2 Obach + Co. Jan 1905. £62' at lower centre 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.