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Cutler Street, Houndsditch

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.153
State: 1/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co. (Obach receipt, 11 July 1903), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:175 x 127 mm  
Plate mark size:175 x 127 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'Antique' (pre 1800) laid paper; the tab and sheet edges discoloured to yellowish tan  
Watermarks:partial PRO PATRIA  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Graduated tone along the bottom; with distinct horizontal and right-left diagonal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks across the image area  
Print note:There is a faint remnant of a second butterfly signature in the plate at upper left, above the shop sign; while it looks somewhat like drypoint, under a microscope it appears to be scraped-down etched lines.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'B. ABRAHAMS.'  
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:'Cutler Street - Hounsditch - / 1st State' (the second 'st' superscript and underlined) at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 30-39 mm from left, height 2 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Note corrected lettering in the plate  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Cutler Street. / W234' 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.