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The Turret Ship

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46959
State: 2/2

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Gift, 1935  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Presented by Whistler to Queen Victoria, June 1887; Royal Collection, Windsor; sold by King Edward VII to Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, 1906; purchased from Obach and Co. by Charles Lang Freer, Detroit, MI, 11 April 1906; sold to Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, London, 3 May 1906 (payment received 20 June 1906); given to the University of Glasgow, 1935.  


Paper size:129 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:126 x 176 mm  
Note on size:secondary support 414 x 474 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight, 'antique' laid paper, flecked with brown fibres. It is mounted on ivory, gilt-edged heavy weight card, impressed 'J WHATMAN'.  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:The print tone is more pronounced in the foreground; it is light elsewhere.  
Note on foul biting:There is minor pitting in the sky and around the boats.  
Print note:There are curved wipe marks evident in the foreground.  


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:'oo' on verso, at right  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:3 x 11 mm; 126 mm from left; inscription in pencil  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'VR' crowned, oval stamp in gold on verso at lower left (Royal Library, Windsor, Lugt 2535).  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:On secondary support, recto,: '8', 'K.321. The Turret Ship. only state'; on verso, at upper left,: '132'.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.