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Lobster Pots - Selsea Bill

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1942.15.36
State: 4/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1942.  
Additional acq. no:B-2472  


Paper size:128 x 202 mm  
Plate mark size:121 x 202 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial 'WR' from Hunting horn in shield or Strasbourg Lily  
Medium:etching and drypoint?  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with light tone over the foreground and along the left and right plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; four fairly prominent vertical scratches-- one near the left edge, one above the lobster pot, one between the lobster pot and 'Selsea' (note that the last two are probably part of the same scratch), and one through the butterfly; a left-right diagonal scratch from the hull of the boat at left to the lobster pot  
Print note:The distant ships and figures are stronger than on NGA 1943.3.8559  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'Selsea Bill -'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:'Whistler' (upside down and underlined with an oblique line) in graphite at lower left on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab at 132 to 149 mm from left; butterfly of 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:Illegible symbol, possibly 'Ex', at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.