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The Hangman's House, Tours

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.124
State: 2/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York. Bought by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI in 1894; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:137 x 98 mm  
Plate mark size:134 x 98 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall tone, slightly heavier along the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks  
Print note:This is the impression of the first state reproduced by Kennedy; the few fine lines appear to be drypoint (under a microscope), but they may be etched lines that were reduced or abandoned as they do not make sense as shading  


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 16-25 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'HM' in graphite pencil (H. Mansfield); 'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt) on verso  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Hangmans [sic] House - Bourges / W323' at lower centre 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.