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Print - Old Hungerford Bridge
  • Old Hungerford Bridge
    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903
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Old Hungerford Bridge

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1871 (printed and published)
    1861 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:

    24767:6

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 1, box B

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 acclaim 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.

Physical description

Etching by James Whistler, ‘Old Hungerford Bridge’, from the Thames Set. Etched 1861, printed and issued in 1871 as one of the ‘Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, and Other Subjects,’ by Ellis and Green, 32 King Street, Covent Garden, in editions of one hundred. Signed by the artist in plate. View of Hungerford Pier, the old suspension bridge and the then new railway bridge linking the south bank of the river with Charing Cross Station.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)

Date

1871 (printed and published)
1861 (etched)

Artist/maker

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Whistler.'
Signed by the artist in plate bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 13.8 cm plate, Width: 21.5 cm plate, Height: 16.4 cm paper, Width: 24 cm paper

Object history note

1871 edition. W.80; K.76, 3rd state.

Descriptive line

Etching by James Whistler, 'Old Hungerford Bridge', from the Thames Set. Etched 1861, published in 'Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, and Other Subjects', London, 1871.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.80.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.76, 3rd state.
James McNeill Whistler retrospective [Tokyo] : NHK/NHK Promotions Inc., c2014.
pp. 170/1

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Rivers; Bridges (built works)

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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