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St James's Place, Houndsditch

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1901.29
State: 1/2

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 38208). Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1901; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:79 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:79 x 176 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light tone, darker at the plate edges and bottom  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:A light, clear impression.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'M. &. E. LEVY.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterflyat lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'St. James' Place Houndsditch / 1st- proof. / butterfly' (Houndsditch partly underlined; the st superscript) at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 48-60 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 38208' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'St.James Place. Houndsditch, London. / The first proof from the plate. / The writing in the corner and the signature are Whistler's', written at centre of verso, possibly by C.L. Freer; 'l / cs' (the c reversed) at lower centre on verso and 'Cy.o $80' (the first two letters in script; the o with a slash through it) at lower right on verso; 'W232' at lower left 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.