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The Balcony

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.189
State: 2/19

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:293 x 198 mm  
Plate mark size:293 x 198 mm  
Note on size:trimmed just outside the platemark; approx. 1 mm margins  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:ivory laid paper backed with ivory woven paper  
Watermarks:not legible due to backing sheet  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:black pen and ink additions to the outline of the figure in the doorway; standing figure with a hat (over the outline of a seated figure) added over traces of a former standing man at prow (?) of boat  
Print tone:Pale tone over the water in the foreground, at the left and at the centre of the plate.  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:The only drypoint is on the figures in the window at right and the linens/drapery hanging over the balcony in front of them; the lines at top are underinked; this must have been a working proof (torn, discarded and salvaged by T. Way?) and is between Kennedy's first and second states.  


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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'4' at lower left on the verso; '177' at lower right on the verso; 'W177 The Balcony. Trial proof-earlier than the other Way proof / From T Way, June/05' 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.