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The Steps, Gray's Inn

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.17
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 30 July 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:65 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:65 x 176 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:considerable tone at left and traces along the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:small faint patch at the upper left corner and scattered flecks  
Print note:There is a faint trace of a second butterfly signature in the plate, 26 mm below the more prominent butterfly  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly (twice, the second one quite faint)  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
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 40-49 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'No 18' (the o superscript) at lower right on the verso (not by Whistler; inscribed 'W283 'Steps Grays Inn First impression' ' 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.