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The Smithy

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8565
State: 1/6

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Possibly Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London, sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lots 295/296/297/298/300), and bought by F. Keppel. Owned by W. S. Carter, Brooklyn, N.Y., according to E.G. Kennedy, 1910. Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), New York. Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10629  


Paper size:281 x 227 mm  
Plate mark size:274 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:off-white  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The paper colour is almost pale green  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:residual tone only  
Note on foul biting:many flecks and patches  
Print note:This is the impression illustrated by Kennedy for the first state; warm black ink.  


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 46 to 65 mm from left; butterfly of 1884/1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:There is no Sir John Day blindstamp (Lugt 526)  
Collector's mark:'HHB' stamp (H.H. Benedict, Lugt 2936); 'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'12550c' at lower centre on verso; 'D7067' at lower right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'2' (?) at lower right on the verso (possibly by Whistler); 'EO' at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.