Thames Police or Wapping Wharf

Print
1859 (etched), 1871 (printed and published)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

During his formative years in Paris in the 1850s, Whistler was influenced by the injunctions of the poet and theorist Charles Baudelaire that artists should take subjects from 'modern life' and seek a new beauty in the teeming cities. Whistler's first major suite of prints, his 'French Set' brought critical acclain but disappointing sales. Seeking more generous patrons, he moved to London in 1859. Initially under the influence of his brother-in-law Francis Seymour Haden, a pioneer of the 'etching revival', he began a series of superbly observed and finely detailed views of the River Thames with its shipping, thriving wharves and picturesque characters.


object details
Category
Object Type
Additional Titles
  • A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames (published title)
  • Thames Set (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Etching
Brief Description
Etching by Whistler, 'Thames Police or Wapping Wharf', part of the Thames Set, published 1871
Credit line
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Object history
Bequeathed by C.A. Ionides, 1900
Places Depicted
Summary
During his formative years in Paris in the 1850s, Whistler was influenced by the injunctions of the poet and theorist Charles Baudelaire that artists should take subjects from 'modern life' and seek a new beauty in the teeming cities. Whistler's first major suite of prints, his 'French Set' brought critical acclain but disappointing sales. Seeking more generous patrons, he moved to London in 1859. Initially under the influence of his brother-in-law Francis Seymour Haden, a pioneer of the 'etching revival', he began a series of superbly observed and finely detailed views of the River Thames with its shipping, thriving wharves and picturesque characters.
Bibliographic References
  • Edward G. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler, 1910 (1978), Cat no. 44, State III
  • pp. 88/9James McNeill Whistler retrospective [Tokyo] : NHK/NHK Promotions Inc., c2014.
Collection
Accession Number
CAI.149

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