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The Steps, Amsterdam

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1987.41.75
State: 4/5

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d. 1891), London; Sotheby's, 3 March 1892 (lot 347); Deprez & Gutekunst. Given by John Nichols Estabrook and Dorothy Coogan Estabrook to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1987  


Paper size:237 x 164 mm  
Plate mark size:237 x 164 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid?  
Note on the paper: edge-mounted so unable to see paper and verso  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very little tone  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; patches along the left and right edges, particularly at the lower corners  
Print note:a fine impression, with rich inking in the doorway  


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 38-47mm from left  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'JHH' blind stamp (J.H. Hutchinson, Lugt 2921)  
Dealers' stock nos:n/a  
Misc inscriptions by others:'15oo' (the oo superscript and underlined) at lower right on the verso of the matboard, along with the title and Kennedy number  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.