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Café Luxembourg

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1902.119
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from the Company of the Butterfly, London, by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1902 (FGA records); bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:102 x 135 mm  
Plate mark size:99 x 135 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:traces of tone along the plate edges.  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks; a number of horizontal 'wiping scratches' across the lower half of the plate; curving right-left vertical scratches at the lower right corner.  
Print note:a lightly etched plate or lightly inked impression; remnant of an earlier figure at left.  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'BILLIAR[DS]' and 'CAFÉ R[illegible]'  
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 30-39 mm from left, height 3 mm  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'F' stamp (C.L. Freer, not in Lugt)  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'G351 Café Luxembourg' at lower left on the verso.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.