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The Balcony

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.190
State: 5/19

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:295 x 200 mm  
Plate mark size:295 x 200 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:light tone on the upper portion of the plate, with heavier tone on the water at the bottom  
Note on foul biting:vise mark at lower centre; a series of right-left diagonal acid droplets at upper right and other droplets at top plate edge; regular foul biting above the doorway  
Print note:  


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:tab 42-57 mm from left, height 8 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'10a' encircled at upper left on verso; 'Trial proof by Whistler' at lower right on the verso; and 'Wedmore 177'; 'Superb' and 'W177 Before additional work on steps / 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.