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Shaving and Shampooing

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Accession no: 1949.5.271
State: 1/1

Collection credit:  
Image credit:Photo © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  
Provenance:Possibly sold to Whistler to Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 10 December 1888, or (more likely) to Wunderlich's, New York, 16 April 1889. Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York; probably sold through A. A. Hahlo & Co., New York, to Harris G. Whittemore (d. ca 1937), Naugatuck, CT, 1919. Given by Lessing Julius Rosenwald (1891-1971), Philadelphia, to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1949.  
Additional acq. no:B-15866  


Paper size:280 x 129 mm  
Plate mark size:277 x 129 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:yes  
Colour of the paper:ivory  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:  
Medium:etching and drypoint  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:pale overall tone, slightly heavier at the bottom  
Note on foul biting:scattered flecks and tiny droplets  
Print note:This is the impression illustrated by Kennedy. Light drypoint lines under heavier lines around heads on right create a soft effect/  


Whistler's sign on plate:butterfly  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the plate:'SHAVING and SHAMPOOING.'  
Inscriptions by others on the plate:no  
Whistler's signature on paper:butterfly in graphite at lower right on the verso  
Inscriptions by Whistler on the paper:'1st' State. Early proof' (the' st' superscript) by Whistler at lower right; 'No 1.' possibly by Whistler at lower left; both on the verso  
Tab signed/inscribed:butterfly 'imp.'  
Note on the tab:tab 18 to 26 mm from left; butterfly of 1888  


Printer's signature (e.g. Goulding):no  
Notes on inscriptions:  
Collector's mark:'HM' in graphite and partial 'HM' stamp on tab (H.Mansfield, Lugt 1342); 'HW' stamp (Harris G. Whittemore, Lugt 1348a), all on verso  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:no  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project and museum records  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.