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Longshoremen

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James McNeill Whistler, Longshoremen, 1859, etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Shrewsbury, public domain, 82.84.11

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Title

Longshoremen

Artist

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

Date

1859

Medium

etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

Catalogue Raisonné

Glasgow 52

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 6 in x 8 9/16 in; sheet: 7 3/4 in x 11 15/16 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Shrewsbury

Accession Number

82.84.11

Copyright

public domain

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

laid paper

pubs

seamen

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

Lower Level

Helen Copeland Gallery

Description

While working on his "Thames Set" in 1859, Whistler took lodgings in the Wapping area, the likely setting for this pub or inn. At the time, longshoremen had a reputation as anarchists, forming a society unto themselves that was above the law. Yet Whistler depicts the four men and woman with a baby in a sympathetic manner. Only the direct stare and assured pose of the man at center hints at confrontation.

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