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Quiet Canal

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.193
State: 1/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:J.H. Hutchinson (ca 1829-d.1891); Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 279); Thomas Way (1837-1915), London; Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:227 x 152 mm  
Plate mark size:227 x 152 mm  
Note on size:note that the tab is in a usual location  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):wove  
Note on the paper:the paper appears to be wove but may be Asian  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light tone on the buildings at left and on the water in the foreground  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:A slipped impression; given the poor quality of the impression, the condition problems, the unusual location of the tab and the probably that the signature is false, along with the black ink and paper type, this is likely a working proof that was discarded and salvaged (by T Way?)  


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 112-123 mm from left, height 9 mm; butterfly not by Whistler  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The butterfly signature and 'imp.' are not by Whistler  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'8' (circled) at upper left on the verso; 'W184' at lower left on the verso; 'Quiet Canal- / Trial proof before the redrawing of the gondola in the foreground' by C.L. Freer  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.