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The Model

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1893.20
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Max Williams & Co. (receipt, 1 May 1893), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1893; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:262 x 179 mm  
Plate mark size:254 x 178 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:mezzotint ? aquatint, softground or open bite?  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:no  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:The plate appears to have been covered with heavy, even aquatint or open bite and then scraped out minimally to produce the shadowy figure at centre; while the dark ground was clearly not produced by a roulette wheel or rocker, the process was parallel to mezzotint  


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 31-44 mm from left, height 7 mm, butterfly 1888  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:'4482' at lower right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'The Model only impression ever printed' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'RO' at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.