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The Balcony

British Museum
Accession no: 1887-10-10-79
State: 12-/19

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Printed by Whistler for Messrs Dowdeswell, London, for publication, 1886; given by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibadeau to the British Museum, London, 1887.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA52128  


Paper size:297 x 200 mm  
Plate mark size:294 x 200 mm  
Note on size:tab 51-62 from left  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):n/a  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light at the top, wiped and deeper colour grey at the bottom; much texture, darkest of all in the reflection of the door. Soft wiping, vertical strokes in the water  
Note on foul biting:vice mark at bottom, row of marks top right, marks top left, dots elsewhere  
Print note:The ink colour is a warm black, and the shadows look brown in the door, the reflection is a far more cool grey. A good quiet impression, with the figures clearly seen and a pretty, dumpy figure in the door. The slightly dirty paper provides a soft texture overall.  


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:pencil butterfly, tab 51-62mm from left  


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


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.