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St James's Place, Houndsditch

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1905.339
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co., June 1905 (Obach receipt, 28 October 1905), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1905; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:80 x 174 mm  
Plate mark size:80 x 174 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:the tab is discoloured to yellowish-tan  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with light tone, darker at left, bottom and along the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:There is a faint trace of an earlier figure subject on the lower portion of the plate; the central section of the shop at left appears to be incomplete, [and there are burnishing marks in that area]  


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:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'St - James' Place - Houndsditch' at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 42-53 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:'4215' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'10' on verso, bottom right corner; '70' at lower right on the verso. 'Obach + Co June 1905' at lower left on the verso and 'W232' (twice) at lower centre on the verso, both by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.