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The Market Place, Tours

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.10
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York; bought through the Fine Art Society, London (receipt, 24 May 1889), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1889; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:269 x 135 mm  
Plate mark size:269 x 135 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 top and right edges  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:graduated tone, with more at the bottom of the image and along the plate edges; a wide, even bands along the upper and lower edges; the tone is mottled by dust or lint in the ink when printed  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks across the etched area  
Print note:The bands of darker plate tone are also found on FGA 1903.272, Cellar-Door, Tours, K377  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'BYRH' and 'PARIS' on shop at right  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st. Proof.' (the st superscript) at lower right on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:  


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:'7' at lower left on the verso (possibly by Whistler); 'Market Place- / Loches- / W339' at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.