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Chelsea Embankment

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8576
State: 1/1

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10640  


Paper size:118 x 257 mm  
Plate mark size:44 x 135 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with light tone, heavier at left and right  
Note on foul biting:many scattered flecks; many scratches  
Print note:The paper and ink colour (cool black) are unlike those used by Whistler at the time; it is unsigned; and compared to NGA 1949.5.267, it is over-inked, which makes the etched lines 'punchier' but accentuates the scratches on the plate; note also the problem with printing that led to the split platemark.  


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:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'LJR' (L. J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'9729' at lower left on recto  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Sketch on the Embankment' at lower left on the recto; 'c (underlined) / N/-/-' and '5/5/-' at lower left on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.