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Petite Rue au Beurre, Brussels

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1888.19
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co. (receipt, 30 July 1888), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1888; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:135 x 98 mm  
Plate mark size:138 x 98 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The sheet was removed from a book, with discolouration along the right sheet edge  
Ink colour:brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall tone, slightly orangey-buff, slightly heavier at top and at the left and right plate edges  
Note on foul biting:considerable, particularly at upper centre  
Print note:Pure etching (confirmed under microscope)  


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 20' (the o superscript) at lower right on the verso (possibly by Whistler).  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 20-29 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:'undescribed W348 / 'Butter Street, Brussels. 1st imp' ' (the 'st' superscript) by C.L. Freer; 'No. 20'  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.