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  • Greenwich Pensioner
    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903
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Greenwich Pensioner

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (etched)

  • Date:

    1859 (etched)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 2, box A

Physical description

‘Greenwich Pensioner’, etching by James Whistler, 1859. Signed, dated and titled ‘Greenwich’ by the artist in plate. Portrait of an elderly man reclining on a grassy slope in Greenwich Park. He wears a tall hat, holds a cane, leans on one elbow and has his legs stretched out and crossed at the ankles while he looks towards the viewer. His face is partly in shadow from the strong light. Trees and bushes in the background.

Place of Origin

London (etched)


1859 (etched)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Whistler. Greenwich 1859.'
Signed and dated by the artist in plate bottom right


Height: 9.9 cm, Width: 13.3 cm, Height: 270 mm sheet, Width: 340 mm sheet

Object history note

W.32; K.34.

Descriptive line

'Greenwich Pensioner', etching by James Whistler, 1859.

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

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.32.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.34.
Margaret F. MacDonald and Patricia de Montfort, An American in London. Whistler and the Thames London: Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2013. ISBN: 9781781300220.
P. 72


Paper; Printing ink


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Old age; Men; Leisure; Parks




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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