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The Clock Tower - Amboise

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1889.12
State: 1/1

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:180 x 126 mm  
Plate mark size:177 x 126 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks: top of Hunting horn in shield  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:residual tone near the upper and lower plate edges  
Note on foul biting:a few scattered flecks; two short, wavy horizontal lines at lower right have the appearance of drypoint by are more likely scratches  
Print note:There are faint remnants of earlier work at centre  


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:'6' sideways on (or '9'), at lower left on the verso (possibly by Whistler)  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 25-34 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: 'a' or 'ov'? illegible and underlined on verso; inscribed 'Clock Tower / Amboise- / W343' at lower left on the recto by C.L. Freer.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.