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The Dyer

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.32
State: 3/10

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 25 October 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:309 x 239 mm  
Plate mark size:302 x 235 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:Venetian (see James, et al, Old Master Prints and Drawings: A Guide to Preservation and Conservation, p.53  
Watermarks:Three crescents  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with dark tone across the water in the foreground, somewhat lighter at lower left and lower right corners; there are speckled flecks in the tone (something on the surface of the plate?)  
Note on foul biting:distinct scraper marks at the top and sides  
Print note:The ink colour is warm black  


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:butterfly of ca 1880  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'6 80' (the '80' superscript) on the verso of the tab; 'W189' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.