Home > The Catalogue > Impression

Return to previous page


The Fish Shop, Venice

British Museum
Accession no: 1979-06-23-56
State: 3/9

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © Trustees of the British Museum  
Provenance:Listed by E. G. Kennedy, no owner given, 1910. Sold at auction, Parke-Bernet, New York (lot 257), 14-16 May 1974; Thomas Agnew & Sons, London; sold to the British Museum, London, 1979, for £1800.  
Additional acq. no:PRN: PPA52143  


Paper size:131 x 223 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:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light tone; stronger, vertically wiped soft liquid tone of different shades in water (at bottom); patches of tone in right corners; some tone used to deepen darker parts of the print (window, doorway, right opening)  
Note on foul biting:pitting of varied size and density across plate  
Print note:narrow band of ink reticulation along left edge; beautiful impression with strong burr  


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:pencil butterfly of 1880/1881; tab 57-77 mm from left, 9 x 21 mm;  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:'JP 6753' is Agnew's stock no.  
Collector's mark:crown and 'BM P&D 1979 6 23 56' stamp on verso at bottom left  
Dealers' stock nos:'54859' on verso bottom centre ; 'JP 6753' bottom left  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.