In this etching, Whistler looks along the Thames toward Chelsea Old Church and the Albert Bridge. As a resident of the area, he knew that pending construction of the Embankment would soon significantly alter the riverbank. His admiration for Japanese woodblock prints influenced the oriental profile of the distant bridge, placement of the barge and rowboat in the left foreground, and soft dark contours where the etching has been strengthened with drypoint. This was the latest work included in Ellis & Green’s 1871 publication of the "Thames Set," postdating other prints in the portfolio by a decade.
Inscription: In graphite: "before the sail was outlined by heavy drypoint work" (not in Whistler's hand)
Harris Brisbane Dick; Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
Kennedy 95 iv/vi; Glasgow 102 v/vii; Mansfield 96
Howard Mansfield A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 96.
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. 95 iv/vi.
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. 101, pp. 168, 169, 170, 279.
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. 102 v/vii.
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