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Rue de la Rochefoucault

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.136
State: 2/4

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Frederick Keppel & Co., by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902, (Freer receipt, 19 June 1902); bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:132 x 220 mm  
Plate mark size:130 x 220 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:'modern' laid (post 1800) probably taken from a book  
Medium:etching and drypoint?  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:very pale overall tone, heavier at the upper right corner  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; small droplets at upper right and granular tone over the woman in the open shop between the signs  
Print note:New state between Kennedy's first and second  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly; a second butterfly, faintly, at lower right  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'RUE DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULT' on board at top right, 'HUITRES DU JOUR' twice, either side of shop front to right of centre  
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 44-53 mm from left, height 2 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:the pencil butterfly signature is slightly odd  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'La Marchande, rue de la Rochefoucault. / W316' at lower left on the verso by C.L. Freer; '250' (erased) and 'l/CV' at lower centre on the verso; '£Hx o with / through it' (or H reversed c c) at lower right on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.