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The Seamstress

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1909.116
State: 2/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Sir John Day. Bought from Obach & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1909; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:99 x 66 mm  
Plate mark size:99 x 66 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:many paper inclusions visible in the image  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone, slightly lighter at upper right  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:Drypoint is added in the second state; the FGA catalogued this as first state.  


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 15-25 mm from left, height 4 mm; butterfly of 1886  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'JCD' blindstamp (Sir John Day, Lugt 526);  
Dealers' stock nos:illegible, at upper right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W206 Obach + Co 1909' across the bottom 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.