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The Ramparts, Sandwich

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1891.10
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Sold by Whistler to Hermann Wunderlich & Co. on 6 April 1891, £8.8.0; bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1891; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:126 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:126 x 176 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial [illegible--finial only]  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone, slightly darker at the corners; areas of picking on the lower third of the plate  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:The only drypoint: touches of shading on the shoulder of the woman by the parasol; the head and leg of the leftmost seated child; the foot of (or stray lines by) the fourth seated child; the base of the shrubbery in the middleground; and the shoulder of the (adult?) seated figure to right of centre.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
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 39-48 mm from left, height 2 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:'a 20435' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'W274' at lower right on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'Ramparts' at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.