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Railway Arch, American Square

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.50
State: 4/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 20 March 1903), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:70 x 163 mm  
Plate mark size:70 x 162 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, slightly heavier near the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and patches as on FGA 1903.44 plus new gray spots on the pilaster and wall to the left of the arch opening  
Print note:There may be drypoint shading on the ground in front of the arch and on the wall to the right, or these may be etched lines that have been partly removed (scraped down); while most new lines added in the archway in the second state appear to be etching, some may be drypoint.  


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 124-134 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'CLF.' in black ink on tab verso (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W218' and 'Railway Arch / 2nd State-' at lower centre on the recto by C.L. Freer; '#179' at lower centre on the verso; 'ox-'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.