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The Fish Shop, Venice

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Accession no: 17.3.403
State: 5/9

Collection credit:Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917  
Image credit:Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829-1891); Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 283) bought by Robert Dunthorne (b. ca 1851), London, £3.7.6. Listed by E. G. Kennedy (1910) as owned by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), New York. Bought from the collection of Harris Brisbane Dick (1835-1916), with the Dick Fund, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1917.  


Paper size:137 x 220 mm  
Plate mark size:128 x 220 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:buff  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Strasbourg lily  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:extensive pencil alterations on shop, street, arch and figures (brown wash in the window, blue/grey on figures in street), and pen at top and right  
Print tone:sloppy wet tone with vertical scrap marks, like watercolour in the bottom area of the canal  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:Possibly vertical abrasions or ink not fully taking on paper at bottom right. The alterations give the figures greater solidity. There is both blue and brown shading on the elft of the arch; brown on the rafters within the window at left; so these additions were done at different times. The grey is more obvious, the brown blends in and shows the possible effect of planned chan ges.  


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 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'JHH' circular blindstamp (J. H. Hutchinson, Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.