The Lime-Burner (W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street)

James McNeill Whistler American

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As he had in La Marchande de moutarde in 1858, Whistler here focuses on a humble business and uses the architecture to frame a receding interior. The proprietor, William Jones, leans against a barrel in his yard, near artfully arranged ladders. At left, a long passageway ends in a glimpse of the water of East London Wharf. Limeburners reduced chalk and limestone in kilns to produce a key ingredient for mortar and plaster. Whistler included this print in A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects (the "Thames Set") in 1871.

The Lime-Burner (W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street), James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching and drypoint, warm black ink on ivory wove paper; first state of two (Glasgow)

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