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Quai de Montebello

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1903.32
State: 2/3

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Hermann Wunderlich & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1903; (Freer's receipt, 11 March 1903), bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:151 x 227 mm  
Plate mark size:148 x 227 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The paper is discoloured almost to buff; the sheet was removed from a book, with discolouration and traces of red dye along the top sheet edge  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Very pale overall tone  
Note on foul biting:Scattered flecks  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:shop sign: 'Eque DE COMPAS', lower left, mirrored script: 'Quai de Montebello'  
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 61-70 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:According to Mansfield, the first plate inscription is 'Fque de Compass'  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Quai de Montebello' at lower centre on the verso (possibly by C.L. Freer); '155' at lower left on the verso; 'W317' at lower centre on the verso by C.L. Freer; 'ix-' at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.