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Her Majesty's Fleet: Evening

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.15
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, 1889), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1889; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:140 x 219 mm  
Plate mark size:140 x 219 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800) ?  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with selective tone, darker along the left side, at lower right and along the plate edges; traces of diagonal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:very few scattered flecks; several left-right diagonal scratches over the masts and sails of the ships at far left  
Print note:The very deeply etched lines on the sails of the sloop to left of centre are (almost) overbitten; an approximately 8-mm-long slipped stroke is visible in Kennedy's illustration of his first and only state, it is not present on this impression  


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.4)' (the 'o' superscript) at lower left on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 142-154 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:'W243' at lower centre 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.