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Dipping the Flag

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8610
State: 1/4

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 65798). Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10674  


Paper size:84 x 176 mm  
Plate mark size:80 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:pale overall tone; with curving left-right diagonal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks over the etched area; a prominent, curving left-right diagonal scratch over the large ships at right of centre and another left-right diagonal scratch above the rightmost masted ship  
Print note:The prominent scratches on this impression are not visible in Kennedy's reproduction  


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 to 49 mm from left  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 65798' and '5149/225' or '5140/ 225' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'3ws' or '3m5' or other variation in lowerright corner on verso; '148' in semicircle at lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.