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Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 50279

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Gift, 1935  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Published in a cancelled set of etchings by the Fine Art Society, London, 1879. Acquired by Whistler's executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, trimmed and stuck on the envelope containing the copper plate; given by her to the University of Glasgow, 1935.  


Paper size:127 x 75-78 mm  
Plate mark size:127 x 75-78 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:laid down on the envelope containing the copper plate so impossible to examine paper fully.  
Ink colour:black  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:Difficult to tell what ink and what dirt; appears to be more pronounced behind figure.  
Note on foul biting:  
Print note:  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:no  
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:  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'WAY'on recto, at lower left.  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.