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The Rag-Gatherers

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1858 (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

‘The Rag-Gatherers’, etching by James Whistler, 1858. Signed and dated in plate by the artist. View through a dilapidated doorway into a shadowy empty room, sparsely furnished with a small table and an unmade bed.


1858 (etched)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Whistler 1858'
Signed and dated by the artist in plate middle right.


Height: 15.4 cm, Width: 8.9 cm

Object history note

W.17; K.27, 2nd state.

Descriptive line

'The Rag-Gatherers', etching by James Whistler, 1858.

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

Wedmore, Frederick. Whistler's Etchings, A Study and a Catalogue. London: Colnaghi & Co, 1899. No.17.
Kennedy, Edward G. The Etched Work of Whistler. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1978.


Printing ink; Paper


Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Poverty; Interiors; Bedrooms




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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