Signed, dated, and inscribed on verso, u.r.: Experiment of Colors (La Chine mount)/Given to Miss H. Pettigrew/Aug 18th 1900/Theodore Roussel; Inscribed verso, u.c.: Price in 1902 717 Collector's stamp in purple ink, u.c.; Inscribed on mat, l.l.: Given to Miss Hetty Pettigrew; Inscribed on mat, l.r.: Th. Roussel/Experiment of Color/La Chine-mount.
Goldweights in geometric shapes (such as this one) or with geometric patterns are the most common form Akan goldweights take. Often, three quarts of the weights in a king's "dja" or "futuo" (goldweighing equipment) would consist of geometric shapes, while the "dja" or "futuo" of commoners would normally consist entirely of geometric weights. Besides the gold weights, a person's "dja" or "futuo" would include a balance, scales, boxes for gold dust, spoons, and brushes-- all the tools necessary to weigh gold dust. Among most Akan-speaking peoples a young man would receive this "toolkit" (called "dja" in Cote d'Ivoire and "futuo" or "samaa" in Ghana) from his father when he came of age.
Signed in pencil on tab: butterfly Inscribed in pencil, on verso, l.l. (in Whistler's hand): "Battersea Morn" - 1st - / Plate destroyed Signed on the plate, u.r.: butterfly Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam
A stretch of water in the foreground and middle ground leads to a horizontal distant shore that is composed of a series of horizontal stepped recessions. The buildings on the far shore appear to be industrial buildings, with many smokestacks. At the bottom of the image are some lightly drawn boats.
Whsitler's home in Chelsea afforded him with views such as this looking towards the commercial portions of Battersea, across the Thames. Whistler favored depicting the river at transitional times of day: dawn, dusk, nighttime because the reduced lighting suggested a poetic beauty, even of warehouses, that broad daylight did not. Here, at dawn, Whistler captures the moment when the shape and mass of objects just begins to coalesce and take on substance.