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Venetian Water Carrier

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1908.7
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from E. Gottschalk, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1908; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:237 x 188 mm  
Plate mark size:variable; max 194 x 126 mm  
Note on size:upper platemark extends beyond upper sheet edge  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial KF countermark  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:printed with a halo of plate tone over and around figure, reflecting the area where ink was applied to the plate; inky fingerprints at lower plate corners  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:The lines print faintly so need to make certain the medium is drypoint, not etching; note that the patch of plate tone on Kennedy's illustration is similar to but not exactly the same-- as the lines of the subject are so faint, could this be a second impression from the plate (without re-inking?)  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'JMcN Whistler / Venice / 80' (Whistler underlined)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Venice / 80' by signature  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Note date by the signature; however it is a different lead from the signature and may be different handwriting or may have been added at a later time  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'From Gottschalk Dec. 07. Venetian Water Carrier Grolier 206' 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.