North and Central America, United States
Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
James Whistler (1834-1903) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts; in his youth he studied art in St. Petersburg, London, and Paris, settling in France after a short career as a draftsman for the U.S. Coast Survey. Although he is known primarily for his paintings, Whistler also produced numerous etchings, lithographs, and drypoints.
In 1879, Whistler was commissioned to do a series of etchings in Venice, and following his relocation to London at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War (1870), he also produced etchings and lithographs depicting English landscapes and architecture.
This etching was produced and first published in 1878. It depicts a row of buildings, including a tavern, the “Adam and Eve,” on the Chelsea riverbank of the Thames in London, where several boats and barges are shown beached or sailing on the river. Whistler’s characteristic signature – a monogram of his initials within an abstract butterfly – appears at the upper left. The print hung in the Blue Room of the Deanery along with other etchings by Whistler and several works of the French master, Charles Meryon.
Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
- Prints made from an etched printing plate, which is a metal plate on which a design is made by coating the plate with an acid-resistant substance, creating a design in the coating, and then exposing the plate to acid, which etches the plate where the metal is exposed. For designs incised directly into a copper plate using a burin or graver, use "engravings (prints)."
Click an image to view a larger version
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Prints of Whistler and Haden from the Bryn Mawr College Collections
Bryn Mawr College
, 3/14/1988 - 3/30/1988
Dimensions: 6 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (17.3 x 30 cm)