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Booth at a Fair

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.337
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Rosalind Birnie-Philip, June 1905, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:132 x 97 mm  
Plate mark size:132 x 97 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale even tone at the top, heavier tone at the bottom; picking at lower right  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:The only drypoint is the right-left diagonal shading in the dark area above the slightly bending figure; the drypoint is stronger on this impression than on 1903.40  


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 23-35 mm from left, height 2 mm; butterfly of 1886/1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'RBP' in pencil (the P in more elaborate script; underlined with a curved line) (R. Birnie Philip, see Lugt 405 and 406 )  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W203 Booth at a Fair' a lower centre 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.