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Title

Thames Police

1859


Artist

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

United States of America, England

11 Jul 1834 - 17 Jul 1903


About

Born in the United States, James Whistler's artistic training was undertaken in Paris. In May 1859, Whistler left Paris for London and explored the area bordering the Thames, particularly around the old docks and wharves at Wapping, Rotherhithe and Lime house. He "looked at the banks of the Thames as Meryon had looked at the banks of the Seine hemmed in between the high buildings of Paris". When these etchings of the Thames were published in 1871 as 'The Thames Set', a review in 'Punch' referred to the "tumble down bankside buildings from Wapping and Rotherhithe to Lambeth and Chelsea - where all is pitchy and tarry, and corny and coally, and ancient and fishlike". Like Meryon before him, Whistler had chosen an old and decrepit area of the city with the memories of generations of inhabitants.

AGNSW Handbook, 1994


Details


Other Title

Thames Police (Wapping Wharf)


Date

1859


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Dimensions

15.0 x 22.7 cm platemark; 17.2 x 25.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., [incised plate] "Whistler. 1859.".


Credit

Sir Philip Street Bequest 1939


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6863


Artist information

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Works in the collection

29


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 13. no catalogue numbers

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 130, 131 (colour illus.).

Peter Raissis, Whistler to Freud: Etchings in Great Britain, Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 97