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Little Steps, Chelsea

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.129
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson, London (ca 1829 - d. 1891). Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:50 x 82 mm  
Plate mark size:51 x 82 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
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:pale overall tone  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:  


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 57-61 mm from left, height 2 mm; butterfly of 1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Print was attached on all edges to a sheet of wove paper measuring 193 x 265 mm, .24 mm thick. Veritype inscription in pen with title 'THE STEPS - MILMAN ROW.' [sic] is written on the sheet, underneath the etching. The wove sheet was attached to a back mat on the area around the print. M. Smith wrote in pencil, verso of print: F1902.129 K. 262  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blindstamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921).  
Dealers' stock nos:'9573' at uppr right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W213' at lower left on the recto of the mount sheet by C.L. Freer; 'W 213 extremely rare' erased note by Freer on support sheet under print.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.