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Nocturne: Furnace

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.192
State: 3/12

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:171 x 233 mm  
Plate mark size:168 x 232 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:IT countermark (Chicago watermark 189)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:considerable tone; with the interior, parts of the water below it and the wall to left of it wiped cleaner  
Note on foul biting:a few small patches: at upper right on the wall, at lower centre right on the water, and at lower left on the gondola prow  
Print note:There is the distinct look of 'rubbing down' on the dark lines of shading to the left of the man in the interior  


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:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'15' at lower left on the verso; 'W183 Furnace Nocturne Early State from T Way June/05' 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.