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The Church - Brussels (Adoration)

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.23
State: 2/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson, London (ca 1829 - d. 1891); probably sold at auction, Sotheby's, 3 March 1892. Bernard Buchanan MacGeorge (1845?-1924), Glasgow. Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:128 x 173 mm  
Plate mark size:125 x 173 mm  
Note on size:the sheet is trimmed within the plate mark at top and sides  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):liad  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:partial top of Hunting horn in shield  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone; traces of curving diagonal wiping marks  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks, more in the area between the columns, including patches at left; mottling from dust on the plate (?) around the butterfly  
Print note:This is the impression illustrated by Kennedy for his first state, (slightly masked at the bottom edge. Listed by E. G. Kennedy (1910) as having been owned by Henry Harper Benedict (1844-1935), New York.  


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 34-44 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blind stamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921). 'B.M. stamp (B. B. MacGeorge, Lugt 394) on an old mount.  
Dealers' stock nos:'9579' at upper right on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'o Ep' (the Ep in script) lower lower right on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.