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The Balcony

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46615
State: 17/19

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Gift, 1935  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; given by her to the University of Glasgow, 1935.  


Paper size:323 x 219 mm  
Plate mark size:295 x 199 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:ruled line on verso, right side, yellow brown - paper probably from a jotter or ledger  
Watermarks:Strasbourg Lily / LVG (see Chicago, 1998, no. 289)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:accidental-looking diagonal pencil score in doorway and steps, c. 20 mm.  
Print tone:print tone particularly in the lower section, in the water, also along the edges and in the the upper left corner, in the doorway and the figures in the gondola.  
Note on foul biting:Foul biting particularly at corners and edges; pitting particularly pronounced over building façade, some look like scrim marks, e.g. right side of near figures; little striations of pitting in water, lower left; etched granular tone around balcony windows.  
Print note:This may be the 11th state o, possibly, between 10 and 11?  


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:butterfly 'imp.' below plmk, pencil  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:possible remains of pencil mark, verso, lower right corner.  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.