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The Dance House: Nocturne

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1906.117
State: 6/6

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


Paper size:274 x 170 mm  
Plate mark size:271 x 168 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:For several Amsterdam impressions in brown ink, paper that is usually ivory is distinctly yellowish (I.e. cream)  
Watermarks:PRO PATRIA  
Medium:etching and drypoint?  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light overall tone, the windows, lamp and rays of light are wiped cleaner  
Note on foul biting:considerable along the plate edges  
Print note:Warm, dark brown ink  


Whistler's sign on plate:no  
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:'Chs. L. Freer' at lower right on the verso; '5.' and 'ox' at lower right on the verso, probably by Whistler  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 40-51 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:the butterfly/B device and '5.' appear to be in the same lead, and the 'ox' and Freer dedication appear to be the same but different lead from the other inscriptions  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others: 'W265' 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.