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Greenwich Pensioner

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 49975

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Published in a cancelled set of etchings by the Fine Art Society, London, 1879. Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca 1840 - d.1892); Thibadeau sale, Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1889 (lot 787 or 789), sold to Robert Dunthorne, London, for £0.6.0; acquired by Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip in exchange transaction; bequeathed to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  

 

Paper size:248 x 327 mm  
Plate mark size:99 x 134 mm  
Note on size:The binding presents problems in measuring the height of the paper.  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:medium weight  
Tab?:no  
Watermarks:There is no watermark. However, the front page of the volume, is watermarked: 'MICHALLET'  
Medium:etching  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:There is a light, even print tone.  
Note on foul biting:There is foul biting in the upper right corner. There is light, fine pitting particularly down the right side, in the foreground and left side, and around the figure.  
Print note:The face, shirt and hands are less deeply bitten.  

 

Whistler's sign on plate:'Whistler.'  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'Greenwich. 1859.'  
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:no  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:A note on a loose sheet at the front of the volume reads: 'Impressions of 57 cancelled plates published by the Fine Art Society in 1879. A number of these plates were returned to me after the artist's death by Robert Dunthorne of Vigo Street, London in exchange for a number of lithographic proofs. / This volume was also purchased by me from him. / R. Birnie Philip'. Inscribed on the binding of the volume is 'WHISTLER'S ETCHINGS'. 'R D Dunthorne', 'SN 434 49 - 789' In front of volume.  

 

Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  
ID:K0340302  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.