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The Fish Shop, Venice

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.195
State: 9/9

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:129 x 222 mm  
Plate mark size:129 x 222 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian 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 overall tone with dark patches at the upper and lower right corners  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:  


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:tab 45-58 mm from left, height 8 mm; butterfly not by Whistler  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:The butterfly signature on the tab appears to be false; the plate butterflies are on the shutter to the right of the window at left (faint) and approximately 30 mm below the faint signature (shaded)  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'9' (encircled) at upper left on the verso; '188' at upper right on the verso; '14' at upper left on the verso; 'W188 Fish Shop Venice, Early State. From Thomas Way. June/05' at lower centre verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.