James McNeill Whistler
American (1834 - 1903)
The "Adam and Eve," Old ChelseaLate 19th century
6 13/16 in. x 11 13/16 in. (17.3 cm x 30 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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.
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- cityscapes, townscapes, and village scenes
- etchings - 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)."
- Prints of Whistler and Haden from the Bryn Mawr College Collections Bryn Mawr College , Mar 14, 1988 – Mar 30, 1988
- Plate Dimensions: 6 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (17.3 x 30 cm)
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