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Fish Shop, Chelsea

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.41
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 37189). Edward G. Kennedy. Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York; acquired by Wunderlich's in exchange from Mansfield, February 1903, valued at $60; bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:140 x 218 mm  
Plate mark size:140 x 217 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 overall tone  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks, slightly heavier by the figure group near the left plate edge  
Print note:Quite light and pale in the doors  


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:Pencil butterfly dates from about 1887  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'EGK' stamp (Edward G. Kennedy; Lugt 857); 'HM' stamp (Howard Mansfield, Lugt 1342)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 37189' on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W214 Busy Chelsea. Fish Shop Chelsea' at 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.