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Print - Limehouse
  • Limehouse
    Whistler, James Abbott McNeill, born 1834 - died 1903
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Limehouse

  • Object:

    Print

  • 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:

    19787

  • 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, ‘Limehouse’, from the Thames Set. Etched 1859. Early impression. In addition to early impressions the plate was 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 Thames and warehouses at Limehouse. In the right foreground, cargo being unloaded from a barge into a warehouse on the quayside. Mooring posts to the left with ships and a river view beyond.

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

Marks and inscriptions

‘Whistler 1859.’
Signed and dated by the artist in plate bottom right on the side of the boat.

Dimensions

Height: 12.2 cm, Width: 20 cm

Object history note

W.37, 1st state; K.40, 2nd state.

Descriptive line

Etching by James Whistler, 'Limehouse', from the Thames Set. Etched 1859.

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

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.37, 1st state.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978. No.40, 2nd state.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Marines (visual works); Commerce; Docks; Rivers; Boats; Ships

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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