Home > The Catalogue > Impression

Return to previous page


The Fishing Boat

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1887.19
State: 6/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1887; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:155 x 232 mm  
Plate mark size:155 x 232 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:  
Print tone:even overall tone, darker on the water  
Note on foul biting:an acid spot remains on the water at left; the other foul biting and scraping marks (seen on FGA 1898.399) have been removed.  
Print note:This was catalogued by the FGA as the third state, but the impression appears to conform to Kennedy's description of the fourth; however, it is not clear that his fourth state description makes sense.  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
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 49-64 mm from left, height 7 mm; 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.