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The Steps, Gray's Inn

Hunterian Art Gallery
Accession no: 46908
State: 1 (posthumous)/1

Collection credit:The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958  
Image credit:Photo © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow  
Provenance:Bequeathed by Whistler to his executrix, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, 1903; bequeathed by her to the University of Glasgow, 1958.  


Paper size:131 x 235 mm  
Plate mark size:66 x 177 mm  
Paper trimmed to pmk?:no  
Colour of the paper:cream  
Paper type (wove, laid, Japan etc):laid  
Note on the paper:brown ruled line in upper margin, 11-12 mm from edge (from ledger or notebook)  
Watermarks:Arms of Amsterdam (see Chicago 1998, no. 15) - imprint comes through clearly on recto  
Ink colour:dark brown  
Additional work on the print, e.g. in pencil:no  
Print tone:light and even  
Note on foul biting:pitting throughout; other areas of foul biting in upper left corner and lower edge, right of centre.  
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):'Nathaniel Sparks / imp' in pencil on verso.  
Notes on inscriptions:HAG Web page: (1) s. in plate with butterfly; u.c. (2) s.; v. "Nathaniel Sparks / imp" (3) Watermark; a coat of arms topped by an orb and cross  
Collector's mark:no  
Dealers' stock nos:no  
Misc inscriptions by others:'x' recto, lower left corner; 'The Steps, Gray's Inn' recto, below platemark  


Source of information:Whistler Etchings Project  

All inscriptions are in graphite pencil unless otherwise stated.