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Rag Shop, St Martin's Lane

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.154
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 19 July 1904; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:82 x 183 mm  
Plate mark size:82 x 183 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:Selectively wiped, with the image area fairly clean and darker tone around it, particularly at left and along the right edge.  
Note on foul biting:An irregular patch at the lower left corner and scattered flecks over the image area; faint horizontal and diagonal scratches at lower right.  
Print note:A vivid impression, very effective and bright.  


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:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st proof -' (the 'st' superscript with a dot under it) at lower right corner on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 38-49 mm from left; height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'RBP' at lower left on the verso (possibly Freer's handwriting); 'G315 St Martin's Lane - Rag Shop' 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.