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The Smithy

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.197
State: 5/6

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London; sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lot 299), bought by Thomas Way (1837-1915), London, £3.5.0; sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:173 x 225 mm  
Plate mark size:173 x 225 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
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:Graphite additions to the outline of the upper body of the figure to the left of the anvil and corrections to the legs; described in Hutchinson sale catalogue as 'fifth trial proof, touched'.  
Print tone:light even tone  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and small patches, especially near the plate corners and on the bottom quarter of the plate  
Print note:FGA catalogued this as Kennedy's fifth state; it is the fourth  


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:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blindstamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921)  
Dealers' stock nos:'9297' at upper right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'24' at upper right on the verso; '3' (crossed out) and '5' at lower right; title and Wedmore number at upper centre, all on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.