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Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.6
State: 3/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & co., (receipts, 1 May 1888 and 27 May 1889), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:132 x 96 mm  
Plate mark size:132 x 96 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial finial and top of crest  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Selectively wiped, heavier over the bottom quarter of the image; with distinct vertical and curving horizontal wiping marks; a large patch of picking a lower right  
Note on foul biting:Many scattered flecks but fewer than are visible on Kennedy's reproduction  
Print note:New state; foul biting prints more faintly (or has been reduced) compared to Kennedy's reproduction, and his illustration does not show the faint drypoint shading  


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 20-30 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:'W244' at lower centre on the verso and 'undescribed' (erased) at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer; Mr Whistlers [sic] / No on mount / 59' (the o in No superscript and underlined) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.