Longshore Men

James McNeill Whistler American

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When Whistler moved to London from Paris in 1859 he found lodgings in a wharf district below Tower Bridge. Commercial activity along the Thames, whose banks were densely lined with warehouses, became a frequent source of inspiration with this image centered on figures in a pub or "ordinary" (cheap restaurant) seated around long wooden tables. Longshore men did a variety of jobs along the river, most often unloading goods from ships and barges. The Met's two other impressions of this print are 83.1.20 and 17.21.72.

Longshore Men, James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching and drypoint, printed in black ink on medium weight dark ivory laid paper; second state of four (Glasgow)

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