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Title

Thames Police

1859

Artist

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

United States of America, England

11 Jul 1834 - 17 Jul 1903

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    James Abbott McNeill Whistler

    Works in the collection

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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