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The Fish Shop, Venice

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8553
State: 4/9

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10617  


Paper size:135 x 222 mm  
Plate mark size:130 x 222 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:PRO PATRIA  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone, darker near the edges of the image, particularly on the water at bottom; parallel vertical pands of picking from left to centre  
Note on foul biting:considerable throughout  
Print note:This is a new state between Kennedy's second and third states; the ink colour is almost black  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly at upper left on shutter (faintly, in outline) and another at lower left  
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 62 to 79 mm from left; butterfly of 1883  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'c.7516' and 'c.15943' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'K218 I-II" (the I-II superscript) at lower centre on the verso by Harold Wright; 'G/G/-' (or script b/b/-) at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.