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Old Westminster Bridge, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects

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James McNeill Whistler, Old Westminster Bridge, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects, 1859, etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, Gift of Henry Failing Cabell, public domain, 49.11

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Title

Old Westminster Bridge, from A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects

Related Titles

series (original language): Thames Set

Artist

James McNeill Whistler (American, active England and France, 1834-1903)

Date

1859

Medium

etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

State

Third state

Catalogue Raisonné

Glasgow 47

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 3 in x 7 3/16 in; sheet: 4 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: 49.11 [illegible], graphite, bottom right

title: Old Westminster Bridge, graphite, bottom left

signature: Whistler 1859, printed, lower left [in image]

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Henry Failing Cabell

Accession Number

49.11

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bridges

etching

Gifts from the Failing Family

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

laid paper

rivers

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

Lower Level

Helen Copeland Gallery

Description

Whistler made numerous etchings of London bridges between 1859 and 1889. This view feature old Westminster Bridge spanning the Thames in London. At left, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben stand in shadow beneath a sky of rapidly sketched clouds.

This view is unusual for its extremely narrow horizontal format, which may have been influenced by the panoramic views of the river by Dutch artist Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677).

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