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Little Chelsea (Memorial)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1892.22
State: 2/2

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London; sold at Sotheby's, London, 3 March 1892 (lot 320), bought by Frederick Keppel & Co., £1.6.0; sold to Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, September 1892 (Keppel receipt; called 'Little Chelsea'); bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:50 x 83 mm  
Plate mark size:50 x 83 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial PRO PATRIA (?)  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Graduated tone, selectively wiped; darker at lower left and across the lower part of the image  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; without the short slipped stroke at right, between the embankment and pilings, visible in Kennedy's illustration  
Print note:A lovely delicate impression with subtle wiping. There is faint drypoint shading on the butterfly signature which does not appear to be present in the Kennedy illustration  


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 21-32 mm from left, height 4 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:sytlized device at lower right verso (this may be a version of Walter Dowdeswell's mark, see Lugt 799); 'JHH' blindstamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921); 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt), on the mount rather than the etched sheet.  
Dealers' stock nos:'9504' at upper right on verso; 'a-7385' at lower left on verso of the old mount  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Hx' (or H, backwards c, c) at lower right on verso of old mount.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.