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Fleur-de-lys Passage

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.20
State: 4/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:R. Gutekunst, London; sold to H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1901 (stock no. a 35388); sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:182 x 80 mm  
Plate mark size:182 x 80 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam (partial)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light tone, darker at the bottom  
Note on foul biting:a tiny patch near the left platemark; many scattered flecks, with a heavier effect over the figures and chair at lower left and the roofline at upper right.  
Print note:The impression is lightly inked, producing a silvery effect; the shading on the passageway is worn.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'ENTRANCE / TO THE / EX[H]IBITION. / CLOTHES / EXCHANGE'  
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 16-24 mm from left, height 2 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 35388' (underlined) at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W233 Fleur de Lys Passage / Houndsditch' at lower right 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.