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The Landing Stage, Cowes

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.455
State: 3/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Rosalind Birnie-Phillip by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1904; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:132 x 94 mm  
Plate mark size:132 x 94 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:selectively wiped, with upper right wiped cleaner; with distinct vertical and curving horizontal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:the remnants of old work (short parallel lines) have been removed, but the vertical scratches at right are visible  
Print note:  


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 23-34 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:Note the inscription identifying the subject as a pier at Cowes rather than Ryde; as noted for the AIC impression, Ryde Pier was a 'pleasure pier' with wrought ironwork; the AIC Jubilee setalso titles this etchig as a Cowesrather than Ryde; Cowes is approximately 8 miles from Ryde  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'RBP 'The Landing Stage, Cowes' / W245' and ' 'Ryde Pier' - O.K.' by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.