The Lime-Burner (W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street)
Thames Set ("A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects" 1871)
James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Etching and drypoint; first state of two (Glasgow); warm black ink on ivory wove paper
Plate: 9 3/4 x 7 in. (24.8 x 17.8 cm)
Sheet: 12 3/8 × 10 1/16 in. (31.4 × 25.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Not on view
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.
Signature: In plate: "Whistler" lower right; "Whistler" lower left
Inscription: Brown ink: "47" recto; "48" verso, both upside down; presumably removed from a ledger; "lime-burners (38) " in graphite, recto, not in Whistler's hand
Marking: Tracy Dows, Lugt 2427, verso Harris Brisbane Dick, Lugt 1297, verso
Harris Brisbane Dick; Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
Kennedy 46 i/ii; Glasgow 55, i/ii; Mansfield 45
Howard Mansfield A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 45.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy, Royal Cortissoz The Etched Work of Whistler: illustrated by reproductions in collotype of the different states of the plates. The Grolier Club, 1910, cat. no. 46 i/ii.
Katharine A. Lochnan The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Ex. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 14–November 11, 1984; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, November 24, 1984–January 13, 1985. Yale University Press, Art Gallery of Ontario, New Haven, 1984, cat. no. 49, pp. 81, 86, 87, 170, 173-74, 191, 278.
Gordon Cooke James McNeill Whistler, The Embroidered Curtain. Exh. cat. The Fine Art Society, London, London, 2007, cat. no. 12.
Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012, cat. no. 55 i/ii.
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: ca. 1884Medium: Watercolor on off-white wove paper, faced with academy boardAccession: 67.55.150 rectoOn view in:Not on view
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1854–55Medium: Drawings in pen and ink, graphite, gouache, and black chalk on off-white and toned wove and laid paper; cover missingAccession: 1970.121On view in:Not on view
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: ca. 1884Medium: Watercolor on off-white wove paper, mounted on academy boardAccession: 67.55.150 versoOn view in:Not on view