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The Forge

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1861 (etched)
    1871 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and drypoint engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    24767:1

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Etching and drypoint engraving by James Whistler, ‘The Forge’, 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 and dated by the artist in plate. View of the interior of a forge, the furnace and blacksmith at left, with onlookers illuminated by the light from the furnace.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)

Date

1861 (etched)
1871 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and drypoint engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Whistler. 1861.'
Signed and dated in plate bottom right.

Dimensions

Height: 19.7 cm plate, Width: 31.8 cm plate

Object history note

1871 edition. W.63, 2nd state; K.68, 3rd state.

Descriptive line

Etching and drypoint engraving by James Whistler, 'The Forge', 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.63, 2nd state.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.68, 3rd state.

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Drypoint; Etching

Subjects depicted

Forges; Smithies; Interiors; Labour

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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