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Mme Pelletier, Blanchisserie, Paris

Freer Gallery of Art
Accession no: 1904.16
State: 1/1

Collection credit:Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Image credit:Photo © Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution  
Provenance:Bought from Obach & Co. ( receipt, 6 February 1904), by Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), Detroit, MI, 1904; bequeathed to the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1919.  


Paper size:180 x 149 mm  
Plate mark size:180 x 149 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:The sheet was removed from a book, with ruled lines  
Watermarks:PRO PATRIA (partial, the top half)  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:residual tone at the edges  
Note on foul biting:a few dots and flecks  
Print note:A very good impression with soft drypoint lines, patches of shading; the expressions on the women and girl's faces are very pleasant; a small child's face peeps out above the flowers. There is no drypoint although there is the remnant of a standing figure to the left of the doorway, whichhas not been etched- is it just the scratches made by the needle- and does that count as drypoint?  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'BLANCHISSERIE / Mme PELLETIER' and possibly '12'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:no  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:no  
Tab signed/inscribed:no  
Note on the tab:  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:An unusual shaded butterfly- like those in the 'Baronet and Butterfly' 1896/1898  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'Blanchisserie - undescribed' at lower centre 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.