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The Steps, Amsterdam

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.112
State: 4/5

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Purchased from J. McN. Whistler, 4 March 1890 by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:243 x 165 mm  
Plate mark size:241 x 164 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam  
Medium:etching and drypoint?  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:with very light tone on the water in the foreground and traces of tone at the plate edges  
Note on foul biting:patches the lower corners and along the bottom plate edge  
Print note:This may be the impression illustrated by Kennedy for his state three; check K4030301  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'148' above central doorway  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'Selected pro[of] / Chs. L. Freer.' on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 29-40 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:'W260' 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.