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Mairie, Loches

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.7
State: 4/4

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 through 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:218 x 128 mm  
Plate mark size:218 x 128 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:HR countermark  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with overall tone, selectively wiped--darker at the top, bottom and corners and lighter at the centre  
Note on foul biting:considerable over the etched area; directional acid spots at the center of the building give a textured effect to the façade  
Print note:A good impression with soft tone and soft shdows in the window. There is only a tiny amount of drypoint: the shading in the second storey window  


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:butterfly at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Chosen proof.' at lower right on the verso by Whistler; '2' at lower left on the verso, possibly by Whistler  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 20-29 mm from left, height 2 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: 'Mairie-Loches' at lower left on the verso and 'W259' 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.