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The Balcony

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8542
State: 18/19

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Jules Gerbeau (d. 1906), Paris. Lawrence W. Hodson (1864-1933), Wolverhampton. Courtland Field Bishop (1870-1935), New York. H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 59328). Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10606  


Paper size:  
Plate mark size:  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight  
Watermarks:partial [Strasbourg Lily?] top of shield only  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with pale tone at top and darker tone over the water at bottom, wiped vertically  
Note on foul biting:vise mark at lower centre; acid droplets at upper left and right; patches of granular tone over the three left most windows over the balcony, the door frame and the area surrounding the man in the boat  
Print note:ink warm black, looking almost brown in the water and shadows  


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:  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 34 to 48mm from left, height 5mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'L.W.H.' (L. W. Hodson, Lugt 1774a); (Courtland Field Bishop, Lugt 2770b supplement)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 59328' at lower left and '4188' at centre on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'L / S / 91' at lower centre and 'Nox' at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.