|James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903)|
Signed and dated in the plate "Whistler 1859".
3 x 8 1/8 inches
Whistler turned to the subject of the River Thames in the summer of 1859 and this image was among the first etchings that the artist made of the Thames. Within this composition, the words "Fred Vink & Co., Rope and Sail Makers, Smith & Son, Hermitage Coal Wharf, Hore's Wharf" are written on the warehouse walls. This was a stretch of river backing onto Wapping High Street and the viewpoint is from near Tunnel Pier in Wapping where Customs officials were stationed to board ships entering London docks.
James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903):
As a painter, etcher and lithographer Whistler is undoubtedly one of the great masters of the nineteenth century. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts he entered West Point Military Academy in 1851 but left to work as a cartographer for the Navy where he studied etching. In 1855 he went to Paris and came under the influence of Courbet and Manet. In 1859 he moved to London and completed his masterful Thames Set of etchings. Whistler's colourful personality led him to feud, most notably with John Ruskin and Oscar Wilde. He had many imitators including Walter Greaves and Mortimer Mempes. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere.