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The Steps, Amsterdam

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1943.3.8639
State: 4/5

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:H. Wunderlich & Co., New York (stock no. a 60040). Theodore de Witt, New York. Bought by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia; given to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1943.  
Additional acq. no:B-10703  


Paper size:243 x 162 mm  
Plate mark size:240 x 162 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):Asian laid  
Note on the paper:Thin paper  
Medium:etching [and drypoint]  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very light tone over the lower sixth of the plate  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; patches along the left and right edges, particularly at the lower corners  
Print note:This appears to be pure etching  


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 left on the backboard  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'To / George Henschel- ' at lower left on the backboard  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab at 33 to 44 mm from left; height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:pencil butterfly of 1889/1890  
Collector's mark:'LJR' stamp (L.J. Rosenwald, Lugt 1760b)  
Dealers' stock nos:'a 60040' at lower left on verso  
Misc inscriptions by others:'- / ll / reversed c u' (not completely legible) at lower centre on the verso  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.