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The Smithy

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8566
State: 5/6

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Owned by Sir John C. F. S. Day (1826-1908), London according to E.G. Kennedy, 1910. Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), New York. Knoedler & Co., New York. Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10630  


Paper size:282 x 226 mm  
Plate mark size:276 x 226 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 light green  
Watermarks:S WISE & CO / 1823 with heart (Chicago watermark 320)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone  
Note on foul biting:considerable  
Print note:This is the impression of the fourth state illustrated by Kennedy; there is diagonal drypoint shading to right of centre that does not show properly in Kennedy's reproduction  


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 44 to 63 mm from left; butterfly of 1884/1886  


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:'MK 32560' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.