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The Barber's Shop, Chelsea

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8582
State: 1/2

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Sold by Whistler to Wunderlich's, New York, 27 March 1889. Knoedler & Co., New York. Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10646  


Paper size:266 x 237 mm  
Plate mark size:263 x 237 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale, even overall tone; mottled due to dust or lint in the ink, particularly to the right of centre  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:a good delicate impression despite the texture  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate: 'HAIR CUTTING & SHAVING' on windows at left; 'FRED CARLOS' on newspaper placards below these windows; 'CUT / D3', 'HAIR / CUT / D2' (the 'D' in each case superscript) on doors at left.  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Chosen proof.'' by Whistler at lower right; 'No. 16.' possibly by Whistler, at lower left; both on the verso.  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 39 to 48 mm from left  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Mansfield says the name on the poster is 'FRED CARLES' but he is wrong.The 'E' in' FRED' above is drawn quite differently, it is just that the 'o' in 'CARLOS' is not entirely joined up; Fred Carlos was an actor. The 'D' means a penny, thus a hair cut is two pence.  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a' and 'MK' numbers erased  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.