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The Balcony

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1942.15.24
State: 5/19

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Given by Mr and Mrs J. Watson Webb to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, memory of Mr and Mrs H. O. Havemeyer, 1942.  
Additional acq. no:B-2460  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:  
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  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light tone on the water in the foreground, with horizontal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:vise mark at lower centre; scattered flecks and patches of granular foul biting above central doorway and above the balcony  
Print note:warm black ink; as Kennedy's reproduction of state four is so blurred, it is difficult to tell if the 'new work' he describes for state five is really new; there appear to be traces of all the shading he describes for five in four  


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:'Whistler' (upside down) at lower left on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 125 to 143mm from left, height 8mm; butterfly of 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.