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The Balcony

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1898.398
State: 16/19

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt 9 November 1898), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1898; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:295 x 199 mm  
Plate mark size:295 x 199 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:IV countermark (?)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:with light tone over the left of the building and on the doorway; with heavier tone on the water at the bottom of the plate  
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 (as per FGA 1887.18 and 1905.190), but with new acid droplets at upper left and patches of regular tone across the balcony windows, at the left edge and on the water  
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:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 51-64 mm from left, height 4 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'SH' in graphite pencil lower right on the verso (F.S. Haden, see Lugt 1227)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W.177' at lower right on the recto; W177' and 'Very rich proof - see work on steps' 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.