St. James's Street--June 1878

After James McNeill Whistler American

Not on view

Whistler's busy urban image focuses on a central London thoroughfare that connects Pall Mall and Piccadilly. The view was taken from the terrace of what was then the Albermarle Hotel on Piccadilly, looking downhill towards St. James's Palace, a complex of Tudor buildings that gave the street and surrounding district their names. In the foreground a policeman stands, perhaps directing traffic, near awnings that shield shopfronts. Based on a slightly earlier etching by Whistler (see 17.3.74), this lithograph reverses the image to produce a correctly oriented view. It was published by Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842–1922) in his British weekly magazine "Vanity Fair" on July, 2 1878 as "St. James's Street—June, 1878". Today the street is home to several private clubs, including White's, Boodle's and Brooks's.

St. James's Street--June 1878, After James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Lithographic reproduction of etching

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